Parents and Grandparents Program Re-opens This Fall

Published on: September 9, 2023

Family plays a significant role in the diverse mosaic that is Canada, and the country’s commitment to upholding family values is evident in its robust immigration policies. The nation once again gears up to bring loved ones together under its esteemed Parents and Grandparents Program.

Family Reunification – A Canadian Priority: Canada’s commitment to family reunification as a core of its immigration policy remains unwavering. This belief is entrenched in the historically high admissions of parents and grandparents under the nation’s Multi-Year Levels Plan. As a testament to this dedication, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced its plan to accept up to 15,000 complete applications for sponsorship under the Parents and Grandparents Program for this year.

Key Dates to Remember: On October 10, 2023, the IRCC will start the process of dispatching invitations to a whopping 24,200 interested potential sponsors. Their aim? To accumulate up to 15,000 complete applications. These invitations will span a duration of two weeks.

Application Pools and Intakes: In an interesting twist, IRCC will be turning back the clock a bit. Owing to the excess of forms from the 2020 submission pool, this year’s invitations will be extended to randomly chosen potential sponsors from that year. This is a consistent approach that mirrors the strategies of the 2021 and 2022 intakes. If you were among those who expressed interest in 2020 but missed out on an invitation in the subsequent two years, we strongly recommend keeping an eye on the email you registered with back then.

Modernizing the Application Process: 2023’s invitees will have the opportunity to use the Permanent Residence Portal or the Representative Permanent Residence Portal, enabling them to submit their applications electronically. This move is a clear nod to Canada’s ambition to revolutionize its immigration framework, ensuring an expedited and more streamlined application process.

Alternate Paths to Reunion: Missed out on an invitation this year? There’s a silver lining. Consider the super visa pathway for your parents or grandparents. This multiple-entry visa remains valid for a decade and recent tweaks allow super visa holders to reside in Canada for a span of five years, extendable by an additional two years without the need to leave Canadian shores. It’s a convenient avenue to enjoy extended family time in Canada.

 Stay Updated: For a deeper dive into past application intakes for the Parents and Grandparents Program, peruse our “Parents and Grandparents Program: Intake Report 2014 to 2019” available on our website. Stay tuned, as an updated report encompassing the 2020 to 2022 application intakes is slated for release by the year’s end.

For more insights, updates, and assistance with your immigration needs, stay connected with Guide Me Immigration Consulting Inc.


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