Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced details for the 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) intake.
The department is planning to invite a record-number of applicants and will also send invitations to a random selection of potential sponsors who submitted applications in 2020. IRCC will begin sending invitations the week of September 20, 2021.
The PGP Program helps facilitate family reunification by affording individuals a chance to sponsor relatives as the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship noted in his remarks on the program:
“The importance of family has never been clearer than during the pandemic. That is why we are delivering on our commitment to help more families reunite in Canada. By strengthening the Parents and Grandparents Program, inviting a record number of sponsors to apply, and by adjusting our requirements to adapt to the current times, we are once again proving our commitment to helping Canadian families stay together, and thrive together.”
Minimum necessary income standards will be the same as the previous year and IRCC will ensure those who experienced financial hardships during the pandemic are not disadvantaged by counting benefits such as Employment Insurance and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit as sponsor’s income.
PGP applicants are invited to apply using IRCC’s Permanent Resident Digital Intake tool, which allows applicants to apply for permanent residence online as part of IRCC’s ongoing digitization process.