New IRCC updates for the Parents and Grandparents program 2023

New IRCC updates for the Parents and Grandparents Program 2023

On September 8, 2023– To obtain up to 15,000 complete applications, the IRCC will mail invitations to apply to 24,200 potential sponsors on October 10.

The (IRCC) Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is making ongoing efforts to reunite families by accepting a maximum of 15,000 complete sponsorship applications for the Parents and Grandparents program this year. From October 10, 2023, IRCC will send invitations to apply to 24,200 interested potential sponsors, hoping to receive up to 15,000 complete applications within two weeks.

It is advised that anyone who filed an interest to sponsor form in 2020 but still needs to receive an invitation to apply in 2021 or 2022 verify the email address they gave at that time. Instead of launching a new interest to sponsor form, the IRCC will send invitations to apply to randomly chosen potential sponsors from the pool of 2020 entries due to the number of forms still in existence. The intakes for 2021 and 2022 used the same strategy.

If you want to visit your parents or grandparents in Canada but are not invited this year, consider having them apply for a super visa, a multiple-entry visa that is good for up to 10 years. Super visa holders now have the opportunity to extend their stay in Canada by up to 2 years at a time without leaving the country, allowing them to stay for a maximum of 5 years at a time. With these modifications, it will be simpler for permanent residents, and Canadian citizens will be permitted to visit their parents and grandparents for extended periods in the country.

The Permanent Residence Portal or the Representative Permanent Residence Portal, which allows applications to be filed electronically, will still be used by those asked to apply as part of the 2023 intake. This is a part of the commitment to streamline and modernize the application process and update Canada’s immigration system.