Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently organized the lottery for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). The lottery intended to issue 23,100 invitations to apply (ITAs) for the program. With this, Canada aims to process 15,000 completed PGP applications from the remaining pool of 155,000 potential sponsors.
Before submitting an application, any sponsor who received a PGP invitation should confirm their eligibility for the program. As of the date an ITA is received, PGP sponsorship seekers will have time until December 24, 2022, to submit an application. However, IRCC on submitting the application has stressed submitting the applications online only. Also, candidates need to verify that they have received an ITA using IRCC’s invitation status web form.
Parents Grandparents Program (PGP)
Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada. By getting a Canadian permanent resident status, these parents and grandparents will be able to access universal healthcare, as well as the opportunity to become Canadian citizens in the future.
Re-confirm IRCC’s PGP Eligibility
To qualify under PGP, the potential sponsor must;
- Complete an interest to sponsor form on IRCC’s website
- Be at least 18 years
- live in Canada
- Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a person registered in Canada under the Canadian IndianAct
- Have enough money to support the people
Canadians sponsoring their parents or grandparents living in Quebec need to evaluate their income requirements by Quebec’s immigration ministry.
IRCC’s Guide to Submit your PGP Application 2022
IRCC has defined the following simple steps to get you prepared for submitting an application
Collect all the documents
Make sure you have gathered all the documents, papers, and forms as mentioned in a document checklist by IRCC. Any application with a missing document can be sent back to potential candidates.
Fill out the application form correctly
There are so many sections in the PGP application form that needs to be duly filled according to IRCC’s instruction manual guide. Fill N/A or Not Applicable, in case, any specific section is not for you.
Pay the application fees
Without paying for the PGP application, you cannot proceed further. The charges will depend upon the number of members being sponsored by the applicant.
Verify your application before submission
It is for your welfare only that you review your application thoroughly before submission. This is the best way to alter the errors and avoid the chances of getting rejected by the department.
Submit your application
You need to submit an application through online mode. Ensure that the application is electronically signed. While submitting an application form, including all the documents like the processing fee slip, ITA letter, etc. is important.
PGP Application Processing TimesThe average PGP application processing time takes 37 months. However, it depends from application to application. For the candidate’s help, IRCC regularly publishes updates on processing times on its website.
Another Alternative to PGP – Super Visa
Parents and grandparents of Canadians may also qualify for the Super Visa, which is valid for a very long time, say 10 years. The visa is an alternative for people who did not receive an ITA. This will allow the holders to remain in Canada as guests straight for 5 years.