Canada will continue to randomly approve candidates for The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) in 2021.
In 2020, despite being affected and negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian government will still approve 10,000 applications for the PGP program. The target set by 2021 is 30,000 other applications to be approved.
IRCC will once again use random selections to process applications for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) in 2021. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that it will only hold one round of applications for the PGP program in 2020, this announcement has been officially updated by IRCC on its website.
On November 3, 2020, IRCC will stop accepting more PGP applications and end the 3-week PGP application campaign. Immediately after stopping accepting new applications, IRCC is working to review, approve, and send invitations to eligible cases for 2020.
IRCC predicts that there will not be enough time to consider all applications in all streams before 2021. As a result, applications for fall 2020 will be received early in the year of 2021.
IRCC will accept up to 10,000 applications for the PGP stream in 2020, according to department guidelines. Any applications received received before the end of December 2020 will count towards the 10,000 application limit. By 2021, the number of applications will reach 30,000. This maximum is subject to change with any further guidance from the IRCC Secretary. Candidates of the year of 2020, who have applied but have not yet received an invitation, will be able to be considered the following year if they apply again.
Currently, IRCC is continuing to process PGP applications on a pre-registration basis. The intake of applications for 2021 has yet to be officially confirmed by IRCC. Applicants who are sponsoring grandparents and parents must be prepared to quickly fill out the form when IRCC announces the exact reopening date.
IRCC will send invitations to PGP application applicants if they have submitted the form within the allotted time. Potential candidates have 60 days from the date they receive their invitation to submit an application for approval and with their application for permanent residence. The invitation to apply is not transferable to other potential applicants. If IRCC is unable to contact the applicant via email, support will print the email and mail it to the applicant’s mailing address.