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What will the Parents and Grandparents Program look like in 2023?

February 6, 2023

By CIC News |

At the moment, no details are available regarding the process that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will utilize for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) in 2023.

A highly sought-after invitation, as of IRCC’s last PGP lottery in October 2022, this program is said to have approximately 155,000 potential sponsors remaining in the pool of candidates who submitted an expression of interest back in the Fall of 2020.

Summary of the PGP since 2020
In the last three years, IRCC has utilized a lottery system to randomly select which interested sponsors would receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) through the PGP.

All ITAs for the PGP since 2020 have been given out to applicants who originally expressed interest to sponsor their parent(s) or grandparent(s) through this program between October and November of 2020.

In 2020, IRCC accepted up to 10,000 completed PGP applications from the total candidate pool. In 2021, the Canadian immigration department accepted up to 30,000 completed applicants and this year (2022), that number was 15,000.

Once again, IRCC has indicated that more than 150,000 interested PGP sponsors remain from the group that submitted an expression of interest back in Fall 2020. Although there has yet to be any hint as to whether Canada will continue to draw from this candidate pool in 2023, the 2023-2025 Immigration Levels Plan may provide some insight into how the PGP will work next year.

Possible PGP 2023 revelations from the latest Immigration Levels Plan
Although there is currently no way to determine exactly how many ITAs will be sent out or how many completed applications Canada will accept through the PGP in 2023, the latest Immigration Levels Plan for 2023-2025 indicates that the country is aiming to welcome over 28,000 parents and grandparents in each of the next three years.

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