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Canada Issued 24,200 Invitations to Apply under the Parents and Grandparents Program

Published on : October 11, 2023

Immigration, Refugees, and Canadian Citizenship ( IRCC) sent invitations to apply for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). The news broke out yesterday.

IRCC announced the latest round of invitations last month for the PGP. Around 24,200 interested sponsors received the invitations. The official expects a total of 15,000 complete applications for further processing.

Officials added that interested families who have already submitted the sponsor forms can receive the invitations soon.


Parents and Grandparents Program

Number of Applicants Received ITA


Expected Completed Applications



What is the Parents and Grandparents Program?

The Canadian government allows foreign nationals staying in Canada under a PR visa or holding Canadian passports to invite their parents or grandparents to stay with them. The country paused the program due to the Covid outbreak.

Yesterday, the officials again started sending invitations from the 2020 applicants pool. However, the IRCC encouraged people to check the mailbox who submitted their applications but still did not receive the ITA in 2021 or 2022.

How does the Canadian government operate the PGP?

The parents and grandparents program is lottery-based. Interested families need to submit the sponsor forms in the pool. Later, IRCC randomly selects applicants from the pool and issues invitations to apply.

Once the ITA is received, sponsors, their parents, and grandparents get 60 days to submit the applications.

The Eligibility of the Sponsor to avail of PGP in Canada -

Sponsors need to submit forms stating their interest in bringing parents or grandparents to them. However, they must meet the eligibility to avail of the program, which include:

  • The sponsor must be 18 years old.
  • He/she must live in Canada
  • He/she must be a Canadian passport holder, permanent resident, or individual registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act.
  • He/she has sufficient funds to cover the parent's or grandparents' expenses.

Furthermore, officials will verify the minimum fund after checking the last three years' income before giving the nod to the sponsorship. However, sponsors can include a co-signer in their applications to show the family's combined income if more than one member is working.

Another option for those not yet received the ITA -

Canadian officials started sending the ITA from the 2020 pool. If you are a sponsor and meet the eligibility but didn't receive the invitations, you can apply for a Super Visa. The super visa is for multiple entries and is valid for ten years.

The purpose of the Super visa is to reunite with the family of senior citizens and allow them to stay in Canada for longer. Ottawa-like provinces started allowing international medical companies to provide medical insurance to Super visa holders.

The Eligibility for Super Visa Holder -

To avail of the Super visa, the applicant must meet the below conditions:

  • The applicant must have valid travel papers (passport, etc) with good health conditions.
  • The applicant must prove to be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian permanent citizen or resident.
  • They must have medical insurance at a Canadian insurance company providing $100,000 coverage for emergency hospitalization, healthcare, or registration.
  • The applicant must leave Canada within the allotted time.
  • He/she must have sufficient ties to India regarding funds, properties, and family

Canada promotes an excellent social life with good health and work-life balance. The PGP and Super Visa, thus, are the gateway to celebrate the joyful and happy life in Canada with parents and grandparents.

If you are planning to join your son or daughter in Canada under a Super visa, you need to submit the form stating about you and your sponsor details.

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Topics: Canada




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