Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is yet to decide on opening the application process this year for the Canada family sponsorship visa. Canada is aiming to welcome 25,000 immigrant applications for PGP 2022. Additionally, 60,000 immigrants under the Parents and Grandparents Program will be targeted over the next two years.
PGP in Canada is a family immigration program to reunite parents or grandparents of foreign-born permanent residents or acquired Canadian citizens.
Under the new Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024, IRCC is aiming to welcome 25,000 immigrants under the PGP in 2022, and this will rise to 28,500 immigrants in 2023, and 32,000 immigrants in 2024.
About the Parents and Grandparents Program – 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.
Applications for PGP 2022 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 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.
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 spouses and dependent children. Read our blog on guide to spousal immigration to Canada from the UAE to learn more.
Previous Parents and Grandparents Program Draws
During the pandemic, IRCC held Canada family sponsorship lotteries in the autumns of 2020 and 2021. In recent years, sponsors were randomly selected sponsors who submitted 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.
It remains to be seen when IRCC will open applications for PGP 2022 and announce its intake format.
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