When will Canada’s parents and grandparents sponsorship open for 2022?
IRCC has yet to release details on the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 2022 but here is what we know so far.
According to the Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is looking to welcome some 23,500 immigrants under the PGP in 2022.
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, IRCC released details on the new PGP intake around January of each year. During the pandemic, however, IRCC has provided updates and held PGP lotteries in the autumns of 2020 and 2021.
It remains to be seen when IRCC will announce the launch of the PGP 2022. We also do not know what format it will take. In recent years, IRCC has stuck to a lottery whereby it has randomly selected sponsors who submitted expression of interest forms on the IRCC website. Prior to the pandemic, IRCC was exploring other ways to manage the PGP given that demand to sponsor parents and grandparents far exceeds the number of spots. For 2020 and 2021, IRCC received some 200,000 expression of interest forms. The department is processing 40,000 applications under the 2020 and 2021 PGP intakes.
There is certain information, however, that we do already have at our disposal. For example, IRCC continues to state its processing standard for PGP applications is between 20-24 months.
Consider the Super Visa as another option
The Super Visa is another option you can consider pursuing to reunite with your parents and grandparents in Canada. The Super Visa allows your parents and grandparents to enter Canada multiple times over a 10 year period.