All invitations to apply for the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program have now been sent out by the Government of Canada.
The invitations were sent out to potential sponsors of parents and grandparents who had submitted an Interest to Sponsor form during the 2020 application window.
About two weeks ago, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its PGP 2020 lottery and began sending out invitations over a ten-day period.
IRCC said that all those who received an invitation in this round were selected randomly and that it is aiming to receive 10,000 complete applications through the Parents and Grandparents Program for the 2020 year.
Potential sponsors who received an invitation now have 60 calendar days to submit a complete application to sponsor their parents and grandparents.
IRCC stated in a press release that potential sponsors who have successfully submitted a sponsorship application form but have not received an invitation email should carefully check their junk mail or their inbox to see if they have been invited. The status of invitations can also be checked on the IRCC website.
IRCC also said that as usual, the PGP is continuing to be very popular and that “the number of people interested in sponsoring their parents and grandparents always exceeds the number of applications we can accept.” Those who submitted a sponsorship application form in 2020 but were not selected to apply in the 2020 round are encouraged to do so again when the 2021 program will launch.
In 2021, Canada plans to issue up to 30,000 invitations under the PGP program. More information and timelines for the 2021 PGP will be posted on IRCC’s website as soon as they will be available.
IRCC will once again use a randomized selection proces in 2021.
The PGP allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada. Parents and grandparents who are approved under this program are granted permanent residence and may later apply for Canadian citizenship.
Anyone who wishes to bring their parents or grandparents to Canada may also want to consider a super-visa, which allows them to stay in the country for up to two years.
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