Canada has announced the intake process under the much-awaited Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) for 2022. Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will yet again hold a lottery to add eligible applications to the sponsor pool.
Canada is set to issue invitations to apply over the next two weeks to 23,100 interested potential sponsors. IRCC expects the intake target will accomplish its goal of accepting up to 15,000 complete applications for sponsorship under the PGP 2022.
Invitations will begin later this week.
IRCC will invite eligible applications who are already expressed their interest in sponsoring their parents and grandparents in autumn 2020. Data reveals some 155,000 potential sponsors remain in the pool.
Canada Family Sponsorship Visa 2022 – 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.
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.
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