Are you looking to have your parents or grandparents come be with you in Canada? Below you can find more about the Parents and Grandparents Program as well as potential alternatives.
The Parents and Grandparents Program
The Parents and Grandparents Program works as a lottery system. IRCC randomly select and invite potential sponsors from the pool to apply to sponsor their parents and grandparents.
However, the program is currently closed to new applicants wishing to go into the pool. The last draw in 2021 included only applicants who had submitted an application in 2020. For 2022, IRCC will invite 23,100 potential sponsors from the remaining pool of 155,313 potential sponsors who applied in 2020.
If you’re currently in the pool of potential sponsors who applied in 2020, don’t start filling out your application unless you’re invited to apply to the 2022 process. If you apply but you were not invited to apply to the 2022 process, IRCC will reject your application and will not refund the processing fee.
Not in the pool? Don’t worry, and keep an eye on our social media – we will announce when the Parents and Grandparents Program next re-opens.
How else can my parents and grandparents come to Canada?
Another option that may be available to you is the parent and grandparent super visa for those who wish to visit family in Canada without settling or applying for permanent residency.
The super visa lets your parents and grandparents visit for up to 5 years at a time and provides multiple entries for a period up to 10 years. When your parents and/or grandparents enter Canada, a border services officer will confirm how long they can stay.
There are specific requirements for a super visa, including the need for medical insurance, so make sure you meet all the criteria to be eligible. Most applications are processed in a few weeks or less, depending on your country.
The super visa is a great alternative for those looking to avoid the long wait times and random selection of applicants from the Parents and Grandparents Program.
The next steps
If you would like representation in your application or are curious about sponsoring a family member and want to know more, contact us today.
Canadian Visa Specialists is a professional and ethical organisation that was established to provide prompt and professional assistance to people throughout the world who wish to migrate to Canada. We have been helping people come to Canada for twenty years, and we can help you with personal or corporate migration to Canada.