Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have now completed the lottery for the new Parents and Grandparents Program 2022 (PGP).
Canada announced the intake process under the much-awaited PGP 2022 a couple of weeks ago. Reportedly, IRCC issued 23,100 invitations to apply to sponsors in the 2022 PGP pool.
Canada revealed some 155,000 interest to sponsor remain in the pool. Interest to sponsor from Canadians looking to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada currently continues to far outpace the number of application spots available.
With the 2022 PGP lottery process complete, IRCC expects to accept 15,000 completed applications for sponsorship among the 23,100 invitees.
Previous Parents and Grandparents Program Draws
During the pandemic, IRCC held Canada family sponsorship lotteries in the autumn of 2020 and 2021. In recent years, sponsors were randomly selected sponsors who submitted an 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 and the department processed 40,000 application intakes under the PGP 2020 and 2021.
Canada Family Sponsorship Visa – About the Parents and Grandparents Program
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.
Sponsor applications for PGP 2022 must fulfill 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 a period of upto 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.
Immigration to Canada is also possible with family members such as spouses and dependent children.
Read our blog on the guide to spousal immigration to Canada from the UAE to learn more.
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