Parent Grandparent Sponsorship Program 2020
When will the PGP open?
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that they will delay the opening of the 2020 Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program to accepting new applications. This decision was made in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a significant impact on the processing of current immigration applications.
The much-anticipated program was supposed to open in the coming weeks. However, given the current circumstances, IRCC is prioritizing efforts to contribute to the whole-of-government response to the pandemic.
Despite this delay, IRCC has stated that the temporary deferral of the launch of the 2020 call for applications is not expected to impact when parents and grandparents will arrive in Canada. They also announced that processing of these applications continues.
Details on the opening of the PGP program will be posted online by IRCC and shared via their social media once they are available. Calver and Associates will monitor this announcement and share information as it becomes available.
In 2019, nearly 100,000 Canadians expressed their interest in sponsoring a parent or grandparent. However, there were only 21,000 permanent residence spots available. In 2020, Canada will target admissions of 21,000 permanent residents again, according to the 2020-2022 immigration levels plan.
IRCC has tried numerous approaches to manage the Parent Grandparent Program in recent years and continues to identify ways to improve its approach. Last year, IRCC used a first-come, first-served model, whereby it processed applications in the order in which they were submitted. In the past, a lottery model has also been used, whereby sponsors were randomly selected.
IRCC has yet to announce the intake process for the PGP in 2020.
Calver and Associates is a leading provider of Canadian Immigration services in Durham Region. We serve clients in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and beyond. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in the Oshawa area.
We can provide assistance with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.