Updated: Jun 2
Welcome to Ansari Immigration, your trusted partner in navigating the Canadian immigration system. Today, we're excited to share the latest updates on Canada's Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). With a dramatic increase in permanent residency admissions, 2023 is set to be a game-changing year for family reunification in Canada.
January 2023 saw a whopping 60% rise in permanent residents arriving under the PGP compared to the same time in 2022. A total of 2,065 newcomers joined our Canadian community through this program in the first month of 2023, a significant jump from 1,300 in January 2022.
Canada's compassionate approach to family reunification is showcased in its ambitious plans for 2023. The country hopes to welcome 28,500 new residents under the PGP, an impressive increase from the 27,255 admitted in 2022, which itself was a substantial 132% leap from the 11,740 admitted in 2021.
According to Canada’s Immigration Level Plans 2023-2025, the country is on track to open its doors to 465,000 new permanent residents in 2023. January alone welcomed 50,885 new residents, a remarkable 44% increase compared to the 35,450 newcomers in January of the previous year.
The family sponsorship category, which includes the PGP and spousal/children sponsorship, is set to accommodate 106,500 newcomers in 2023. Already, 13,000 new residents have been welcomed under these programs, marking a solid start to the year.
The PGP is a testament to Canada's commitment to keeping families together. Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their parents and grandparents for immigration. If approved, the sponsored individuals gain permanent residency and may eventually apply for Canadian citizenship.
Previous eligibility requirements for the PGP sponsors included the completion of an Interest to Sponsor form on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's (IRCC) website, proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency, age confirmation, proof of residency in Canada, and a pledge to support the sponsored individuals for 20 years financially. Quebec residents had an additional undertaking.
While the specific details for the 2023 PGP are yet to be posted by IRCC, the past practice included a lottery system for selecting potential sponsors. Those who expressed interest in sponsoring between October and November 2020 have been issued all Invitations to Apply (ITA) for the PGP since 2020. The last lottery took place in October 2022, with approximately 155,000 potential sponsors remaining in the pool.
For those looking for alternatives, the Super Visa offers parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens the chance to visit Canada for up to five consecutive years without renewing their status. This visa also allows extending the stay up to seven years and multiple entries for up to 10 years.
The Super Visa requires a letter of invitation from the resident child or grandchild, proof of meeting the Low-Income Cut-Off minimum, proof of parental relationship, and proof of medical insurance coverage for at least one year with a Canadian insurance company.
At Ansari Immigration, we're here to help you navigate these programs, guiding you through each step of the process. With our expertise and dedication, your journey to reunite your family in Canada will be as smooth and stress-free as possible. Contact us today to discuss your immigration needs.