Canada invites 34,500 under the Parents and Grandparents Program

Canada issues 34,500 invitations to apply for Parents and Grandparents Program

Between September 23, 2021 and October 4, 2021, potential sponsors have been invited to apply to the 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program [PGP] of Canada.

Canada’s PGP allows the citizens and permanent residents of Canada to sponsor their parents and grandparents for permanent residence.

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC], “We sent enough invitations to reach our goal of accepting 30,000 complete applications.”

As per official reports, a total of 34,500 invitations to apply have been issued.

A random selection was made from the pool of candidates. Invitations to apply were sent out to “potential sponsors who previously submitted Interest to Sponsor forms in 2020”.

Those invited will be required to submit their online application for the PGP by the deadline mentioned on their IRCC invitation.

The invitation status might be checked online through the confirmation number provided by IRCC

What is my confirmation number for PGP?
A confirmation number is displayed on the screen after the successful online submission of the interest to sponsor form.

An email is also sent to the applicant confirming that the form had been duly received by IRCC. The confirmation number would also be given in that email.

For reference, a confirmation number would be given with a combination of 7 letters and numbers. After a hyphen in the middle, the number ends with 19.

Those that have either forgotten or lost their confirmation number might make use of the IRCC online form to check their invitation status.

Family reunification remains a priority with the Canadian government.

As per IRCC, “This year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be accepting a record number of up to 30,000 applications under the Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program, the largest ever single intake.”

To ensure that applicants are not penalized for losing income during the COVID-19 pandemic, for the 2020 tax year, “the income requirement will continue to be the minimum necessary income, instead of the minimum necessary income plus 30%”.

Regular Employment Insurance benefits and temporary COVID-19 benefits – such as the Canada Emergency Response benefit – will be included towards the calculation of the income of the sponsor.

Those not invited might instead consider applying for the Canada Super Visa.

Allowing a stay in Canada for up to 2 years at a time, the Super Visa of Canada is another pathway for bringing parents and grandparents to Canada.

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