IRCC: No details yet on Parents and Grandparents Program 2022
March 21, 2022
By CIC News |
In a March 14, 2022 email to CIC News, IRCC said it has yet to be determined when the application process for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 2022 will open.
Under the new Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024, the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is aiming to welcome 25,000 immigrants under the PGP this year, and this will rise to 28,500 immigrants in 2023, and 32,000 immigrants in 2024.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, details on the new PGP application process were typically released each January, but in 2020 and 2021, IRCC provided this information in the autumn.
The PGP is one of Canada’s most popular immigration streams. In autumn 2020, for instance, IRCC received about 200,000 submissions from Canadian citizens and permanent residents that submitted expression of interest forms outlining their desire to sponsor their parents and grandparents. Due to the significant interest in the PGP, which far exceeds the number of spots available under its Immigration Levels Plan, IRCC has held a random lottery in recent years. Sponsors selected in the lottery are then invited to submit permanent residence sponsorship applications to IRCC.