IRCC remains firmly committed to reopening the PGP Program despite delay caused by COVID-19
  • Posted 03 Apr, 2020

Family reunification is a top immigration priority for the Government of Canada. The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) has always been very popular, with high demand for sponsorship from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Those who have a child or grandchild in Canada and want to stay with their family for a long time in Canada can apply for it, whether they are being sponsored for permanent residence or not. Holders can stay in Canada for up to 2 years during each visit, while the maximum period for the regular visa is 6 months. In this article, we will go through the changes in order to get better prepared for the upcoming reopening.


In 2017, people who want to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada first have to complete an online form, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) randomly selects from the forms received. On August 20, 2018, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of IRCC announced that, after listening to the views of stakeholders and clients, in 2019 the PGP's selection process would move from a random system to first-come-first-serve approach.


On January 28, 2019, IRCC announced that after the first 27,000 submissions have been reviewed and duplicates have been removed, potential sponsors would be invited to submit complete applications in the order until the 2019 cap of 20,000 complete applications was reached (4 times the number of applications accepted in 2015). However, enough interest to sponsor forms has been received after only 8 minutes of its opening! Since then the PGP Program has been in a closed state.


On December 30, 2019, IRCC stated that in order to ensure sufficient time to complete the development of a new intake process for the 2020 PGP Program, the reopening of the program will be postponed until Ministerial Instructions are issued. This will give all interested sponsors the same opportunity to submit an interest to sponsor form and a fair chance to be invited to apply.


On March 27, 2020, IRCC announced that it would delay the opening of the 2020 Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program again, and would not accept new applications for the time to focus on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to IRCC’s notices, the launch of the annual call for expressions of interest (EOI) to apply is expected to start in the coming weeks.


At the same time, the temporary delay of the PGP Program is not expected to affect parents and grandparents' arrival time in Canada, and IRCC will continue to process these applications. Updates of these notices indicate that the Government of Canada remains firmly committed to family reunification and IRCC will launch the program as soon as possible. Details on the opening of the PGP Program will be posted online by then.


Although details of new intake process have yet been announced, the application method of the PGP Program has changed many times. No matter how IRCC makes selection in 2020, the lottery system or first-come-first-serve or other methods, applicants need to start preparing in advance to catch the best time to apply!


With many years of experience, multiple successful cases in the Canadian immigration program, and close cooperation with many professional legal firms, Globevisa maintains a high application success rate. With sufficient preparation, Globevisa grabbed a place for all our clients in 2019 and successfully submitted applications. Applicants choosing Globevisa will be provided with a customized plan based on their needs and situation, and our local offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal provide clients with comprehensive follow-up services to help them settle down smoothly.

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