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Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program Invitations 2024

On May 21st, 2024, the Canadian government began issuing invitations for the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program (PGP). This program allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada, thereby uniting families and enriching Canadian society with diverse cultural values.


The PGP is a popular immigration pathway, especially with many families eager to reunite with their loved ones. This year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is issuing invitations to apply for the program to those who have already submitted an interest to sponsor form. These invitations are an essential step in the sponsorship process, leading to the eventual submission of a complete application.


Eligibility Criteria and Application Process

According to the official guide, Guide 5772, provided by IRCC, the sponsorship process involves several steps and requires sponsors to meet specific criteria. Sponsors must be at least 18 years old, reside in Canada, and meet minimum income requirements to ensure they can financially support their sponsored family members. Additionally, sponsors must agree to a 20-year sponsorship, which means they will be financially responsible for their parents or grandparents during this period.


The application process begins with an interest to sponsor form, followed by the issuance of invitations to apply. Once invited, sponsors must complete and submit a comprehensive application package, including various forms and supporting documents such as proof of status in Canada, financial documents, and the relationship to the person being sponsored.


Key Updates and Timeline

The invitation process for the PGP begins on May 21st 2024, marking a significant milestone for many hopeful families. The IRCC will send out invitations in batches with the goal of processing applications efficiently and effectively. This year’s process highlights the importance of timely submissions and accurate documentation to avoid delays or refusals.

Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the detailed guide provided by IRCC to ensure they meet all requirements and prepare their applications thoroughly. Possible causes of refusal include the applicant submitting incomplete documents, not paying fees, not submitting their documents by the deadline stated in the ITA email, and having discrepancies in the information provided.


Impact on Families and Communities

The PGP not only facilitates family reunification but also strengthens the social fabric of Canadian communities. Sponsored parents and grandparents contribute to the economy, support their families, and participate in community activities. Their presence helps preserve cultural heritage and provides invaluable emotional and practical support to their children and grandchildren.


The commencement of the invitation process is a positive development for many families eagerly waiting to bring their loved ones to Canada. It underscores the Canadian government’s commitment to family reunification and its recognition of the vital role that parents and grandparents play in the lives of immigrants.

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