RCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) has announced an update to the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). They will accept up to 15,000 complete sponsorship applications this year. On October 10, IRCC will start sending invitations to apply to 24,200 interested potential sponsors, with the goal of receiving up to 15,000 complete applications. Instead of opening a new interest to sponsor form, invitations will be sent to randomly selected potential sponsors from the pool of submissions from 2020. If you submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2020 but didn’t receive an invitation in 2021 or 2022, check your provided email for potential invitations. If invited to apply in 2023, you can submit applications electronically via the Permanent Residence Portal or the Representative Permanent Residence Portal. 

Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan plays a crucial role in shaping the country’s approach to welcoming newcomers. In 2022, IRCC invited 23,100 potential sponsors to apply for their parents and grandparents, aiming to receive 15,000 complete applications. For 2023, Canada’s target is to welcome 465,000 new permanent residents, with a goal of 28,500 parents and grandparents. By 2025, the target is set at 500,000 newcomers, including 36,000 parents and grandparents. 

The Super Visa is a popular option for Canadian citizens and permanent residents who wish to bring their foreign parents and grandparents to Canada. This temporary visa allows visits for up to five consecutive years without the need to renew visitor status, and it permits multiple entries over ten years. Super Visa holders with existing visas may apply for extensions of up to seven years. 

The Super Visa program doesn’t involve a lottery and is available year-round, offering a more predictable option for parent and grandparent sponsorship. To be eligible, applicants must be parents or grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents, not inadmissible to Canada for criminal or health reasons, meet the income requirements based on the Low-Income Cut Off (LICO), provide a letter of invitation from their child or grandchild with a promise of financial support, and demonstrate proof of one year of medical insurance coverage with a Canadian provider. 

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