Today is the start of the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 2023 lottery.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will mail invitations to apply to 24,200 interested potential sponsors between October 10 and October 23. The recipients of these invites will be chosen at random from the remaining 2020 submissions pool. A total of 15,000 complete applications are expected by IRCC.
Continue checking the email you gave when you submitted your interest to sponsor form back in 2020 if you submitted one in 2020 but did not receive an invitation to apply for the PGP in 2021 or 2022. Check your spam folder as well because the IRCC's invitation to apply can end up there.
Qualification for the PGP:
The Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) is a crucial component of PGP eligibility. The MNI provides evidence that a sponsor is able to support the individuals they wish to sponsor through the PGP financially. To view the MNI for the PGP from prior years, go here.
Sponsors who are invited to apply must submit Notices of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for each of the three taxation years immediately before their application, with the exception of Quebec.
If you reside in Quebec and wish to sponsor your parent or grandparent, the immigration ministry of Quebec will determine your income based on the conditions set forth by the province. An interested sponsor must provide a signed undertaking to IRCC and the Quebec government.
In all provinces, excluding Quebec, the commitment period for a parent or grandparent is 20 years. In Quebec, the project will last for 10 years.
The Super Visa is an alternative if you don't receive an invitation this year.
Super Visa – One More Option for Parents & Grand Parents :
Canadian citizens and permanent residents are able to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada from another country with the help of the Super Visa. Parents and grandparents can visit their relatives in Canada without having to renew their visitor status for up to five years straight thanks to the Super Visa, a temporary visa.
Holders of Super Visas are permitted numerous entries into Canada for up to ten years. Additionally, those who already possess a Super Visa may be eligible to seek an extension, which would permit them to remain in Canada as a visitor for up to seven years.
The advantage of the Super Visa is that there is no lottery system, thus it is available to individuals who qualify and is offered all year round. A candidate's qualifications include the following:
a Canadian citizen or permanent resident's parent or grandparent
not be barred from entering Canada due to a criminal record or ill health
substantiate that they are capable of meeting the low-income cutoff (LICO) income requirements.
Send a signed letter from their child or grandchild inviting them to visit Canada, along with a pledge of support for the duration of the trip and a list of all the members of the family.
Show evidence of a Canadian insurance company's medical insurance coverage for at least a year.