Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) are yet to furnish complete details about the Canada family sponsorship visa. However, sources have confirmed that Canada is looking to welcome some 23,500 immigrants under the PGP in 2022.
PGP in Canada is a family immigration program to reunite parents or grandparents of foreign-born permanent residents or acquired Canadian citizens.
During the pandemic, IRCC held Canada family sponsorship lotteries in the autumns of 2020 and 2021. In recent years, IRCC has stuck to a lottery system whereby it has randomly selected sponsors. Such sponsors submitted the expression of interest forms on the IRCC website.
Prior to the pandemic, IRCC was exploring other ways to manage the PGP. as the demand to sponsor parents and grandparents far exceeds the number of spots.
For 2020 and 2021, IRCC received some 200,000 expressions of interest forms for family sponsorship. The department is now processing 40,000 applications under the 2020 and 2021 PGP intakes.
It remains to be seen when IRCC will announce the launch of the PGP 2022 and its intake format.
About the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) Canada Family Sponsorship Visa 2022
Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada. Parents and grandparents who are approved under this program may obtain permanent residency. Further, doors to apply for Canadian citizenship will also open.
To become a sponsor under PGP, applicants must fulfil the following conditions:
- be 18 years of age or older,
- be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or status First Nations, and
- have the means to support the family member they are sponsoring.
IRCC will process PGP applications in between 20-24 months, even in 2022.
Additionally, IRCC will assess a Sponsor’s Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) to ascertain that they have sufficient income to support all family members for whom they will be financially responsible, including themselves, once they become sponsors.
A signed undertaking for the period of up to 20 years will be required from interested sponsors. This undertaking sets out how long the sponsor will be financially responsible for the family members they are sponsoring from the time they become permanent residents of Canada.
Criteria for becoming a successful sponsor may slightly vary in Quebec.
Other Canada Family Sponsorship Visa Options
The Super Visa is another significant option to consider for family reunification in Canada. The Super Visa allows your parents and grandparents to enter Canada multiple times over a 10 year period.
Immigration to Canada is also possible with family members such as spouse and dependent children. Read our blog on guide to spousal immigration to Canada from the UAE to learn more.
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