The Canadian Government in its recent tweet said that the Parent and Grandparents Sponsorship Program will be reopened in late January and will start to accept Expressions of Interest. IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) also said that the date of the next opening will be released somewhere during the upcoming weeks.
The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) allows citizens or permanent residents of Canada who are aged above 18 to sponsor their parents & grandparents to obtain a Canadian Permanent Resident Visa. During the previous year (2018), the program started to accept Expressions of Interest on the 2nd of January but for this year, it seems that the Canadian Government is not following the same pattern.
IRCC stated that it expects to process 20,000 PGP expression of interest this particular year and issued to eligible sponsors in the first-come, first-serve method. Earlier, IRCC was making use of the randomized lottery process for the program which gathered much criticism from applicants and stated the method as an unfair selection process as a result of which IRCC introduced the first-come, first-serve method for selecting applicants. IRCC also said that this method will induce efficiency & flexibility for the application processing ensuring that maximum applications would be received.
The Canadian government has been helping families get reunited with its various Family Sponsorship Program and the Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program is one under the same. To know more about the PGP program or to check your eligibility to migrate to Canada, get in touch with our experts now!