IRCC has completed its 2022 PGP lottery and published its guide outlining the application steps for the 23,100 Canadians who received an invitation to apply this year. Here is a summary of those steps.

Between October 12 and 20, Canada held a lottery to issue 23,100 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for the 2022 Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP).
As a reminder, the pool of potential sponsors from whom ITAs were issued for this year’s program are the remaining 155,000 would-be sponsors who submitted an interest form to sponsor in 2020.Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aim to accept up to 15,000 complete applications and you could be one of them this year. If you were lucky enough to receive an ITA for this year’s PGP, we’ll detail how you can apply below.

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Note: PGP application submissions are now only done online and IRCC emphasizes that you should only apply for PGP if you have been invited to do so. Applications submitted without an ITA will be returned

How to Submit Your PGP 2022 Application

Before you apply: Be sure to verify that you received an ITA using the IRCC Invitation Status web form. If this web form confirms receipt of an ITA but you never received an email to the account indicated on your interest to sponsor form, please check your spam and junk folders, but also your physical mail. IRCC sends physical ITAs when they are unable to email a prospective applicant. Finally, confirm once again that you meet all of IRCC’s PGP eligibility criteria, including:

  • Being over 18 years old
  • Being a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or having First Nations status
  • Meeting the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) requirement for the 2021, 2020 and 2019 tax years (if you live outside of Quebec)

Quebec residents must demonstrate that they meet specific sponsor income requirements set by that province for the past 12 months.

While you do not need to hire an immigration attorney, you may want to do so to ensure that you submit a complete and accurate application. IRCC allows the use of an immigration attorney on behalf of PGP 2022 applicants.

The IRCC guide outlines the next steps to help you prepare and submit your application. By December 24, 2022, you must:

1. Gather documents

IRCC provides a document checklist to ensure potential applicants do not miss any forms/materials that could result in their application being submitted.

2. Complete the application

Please review the entire instruction guide provided carefully and fully and accurately complete all sections of each form. For sections that do not apply to you, please indicate “N/A” or “Not Applicable”

3. Pay the fees

Depending on the number of people sponsored through a single application, fees will change based on individual circumstances (dependants on the primary applicant sponsored to come to Canada, etc.)

4. Review your application to avoid common mistakes

5. Submit your application

Make sure all questions on the application are answered and that the application is electronically signed. Also, be sure to include your receipt for the processing fee and any required supporting documents, such as your ITA letter with your confirmation number.

What happens after I submit my PGP 2022 application?

At the time of writing this report, the average processing time for PGP applications is 37 months (including the time required for sponsors to provide their biometrics).

However, this time period is dynamic and the IRCC describes its current average processing times on its website.

The person(s) you are sponsoring can receive instant email updates and more detailed status updates by creating an online account on the IRCC website.

For updates and information on the status of the application…

From within Canada and the US: Contact IRCC via this link

From outside Canada and the US: Contact the Canadian diplomatic office responsible for your region

Do I have any options to bring my parents and grandparents to Canada outside of PGP?

The Super Visa is an option that people who did not receive an ITA could explore for their parents and grandparents. Through the Super Visa, parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents (PR) could “remain in Canada for up to 5 years in a row and request to extend their stay while in Canada for up to 2 years in a row.”

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