Canada Parents And Grandparents 2023 Lottery Now Open!

Canada Parents And Grandparents 2023 Lottery Now Open!

Surya Rathee Surya Rathee
[Published 14 Oct, 2023 | 04:05 AM]
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Canada Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 2023 lottery is now open!

Between October 10 and 23, 2023, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will send 24,200 invitations to apply (ITAs) to potential sponsors. These ITAs will be sent to randomly selected sponsors from the remaining pool of submissions from 2020. IRCC’s goal is to accept up to 15,000 complete applications.

You can sponsor your Parents and Grandparents to become permanent residents of Canada in the 2023 lottery if:

  • You submitted the interest to sponsor form in 2020
  • You’re invited to apply for the 2023 intake

So, if you submitted an interest to sponsor form then but didn't get an invitation in the 2021 or 2022 lottery, keep an eye on your email. You might receive an invitation this time! Make sure to also check your spam folder as your ITA from IRCC may end up there.

If You’re Invited To Apply

If you’re issued an ITA under Canada PGP, you must submit two applications:

  • Sponsorship application
  • Permanent residence application

If IRCC approves both applications, you’ll sign an agreement called an undertaking that starts on the day the person you’re sponsoring (and their family members, if applicable) becomes a permanent resident of Canada.

The process continues to remain user-friendly. You can use the Permanent Residence Portal or the Representative Permanent Residence Portal to submit your applications electronically, making the journey to reunification smoother. 

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Canada Parents and Grandparents Program

Canada’s Family Class immigration category allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parent(s) or grandparent(s) through the Canada Parents and Grandparents Program, or PGP.

  • You can sponsor your own biological or adopted Parents and Grandparents if:
  • You’re invited to apply
  • You’re at least 18 years old
  • You live in Canada
  • You’re a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
  • You have enough money Minimum Necessary Income (MIN) to support the people you want to sponsor:
    • To show that you have enough, you’ll have to provide your proof of income
    • You may have a spouse or common-law partner co-sign the application to combine your incomes
  • You and your parents and grandparents meet all other requirements under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations

Take Note: The Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) is an important eligibility factor for the PGP. The MNI shows proof that a sponsor is financially able to support the people they would like to bring to Canada through the PGP.

Under the Canada Immigration Level Plans for 2023-2025, Canada aims to welcome 465,000 new permanent residents, with a specific goal of bringing in 28,500 parents and grandparents.

If you do not end up getting an invitation under PGP this year, another option is the Canada Super Visa.

Canada Super Visa

For Canadian citizens and permanent residents, the Canada Super Visa is an excellent option to bring parents and grandparents to Canada. This temporary visa allows your loved ones to stay for up to five consecutive years without needing to renew their visitor status. What's more, Super Visa holders can visit Canada multiple times over a 10-year period. If you already have a Super Visa, you might be eligible to extend your stay for up to seven years.

To be eligible for the Super Visa, you:

  • Must be a parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Should not be inadmissible to Canada due to criminal or health issues.
  • Need to prove that you can meet the income requirements based on the Low-Income Cut Off (LICO).
  • Must provide a signed letter from your child or grandchild inviting you to Canada. This letter should include a promise of financial support for your visit, along with details about the household members.
  • Must ensure you have medical insurance coverage for at least one year with a Canadian insurance company.

Talk to an expert

Unlike some programs, the Super Visa doesn't operate on a lottery system. It's available throughout the year, offering greater certainty for those wanting to sponsor their parents or grandparents.

The updates to Canada's Parents and Grandparents Program and the availability of the Super Visa provide excellent opportunities for candidates wanting to immigrate to Canada with family. With simpler processes and higher immigration targets, Canada remains committed to welcoming families from all over the world.

Start your process today!



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