What to expect from the Parents and Grandparents Program in 2021

January 18, 2021

By CIC News |

Canadians and permanent residents who submitted interest to sponsor forms for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) in 2020 are currently receiving invitations from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Earlier this week, IRCC held its PGP 2020 lottery and will be issuing invitations over a 10-day period. Candidates were able to submit their interest to sponsor forms between October 13 and November 3, 2020.

IRCC will look to accept up to 10,000 applications for the 2020 PGP. This is a major year for the PGP. In 2021, Canada will look to issue up to 40,000 invitations. The original plan was to issue this many invitations across 2020 and 2021. However, due to coronavirus-related delays, all the invitations will occur this year.

More people register their interest to sponsor their parents or grandparents than IRCC is able to accept. This is why Canada needs to hold a lottery in order to randomly select candidates to invite to apply. Before this is done, however, IRCC removes all duplicate submissions to ensure equal opportunity in the lottery.

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