Parents and Grandparents Program Invitations in 2021

Last updated: 8 January 2021

PGP Invitation to apply

On January 5, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that it has held its Parents and Grandparents Program 2020 lottery. 

Up to 10,000 sponsors will be invited to submit their sponsorship application within 60 days. In total, Canada aims to invite up to 40,000 sponsors in 2021. CanadaVisa and the Campbell Cohen immigration law firm are here to assist you.

Have you received a PGP 2020 invitation and need legal assistance?

Contact Campbell Cohen so that one of our experienced immigration lawyers can help you submit your application within the 60-day deadline: pgp@canadavisa.com 


What to do if you receive a PGP invitation to apply

Under Canada's Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 2020 intake window, potential sponsors had between October 13 and November 3, 2020 to submit an interest to sponsor form on IRCC's website. At that time, IRCC said it would then hold a lottery to invite up to 10,000 potential sponsors.

On January 5th, IRCC announced it had held the lottery.

Potential sponsors who receive an invitation to submit a sponsorship application must submit a completed application package, including supporting documents and fees within 60 days of receiving the invitation. However, IRCC will grant extensions upon request if sponsors can prove that COVID-19 is delaying their ability to submit a completed application. 

Supporting documents include income tax records, documents relating to civil status, and other material.

During application processing, IRCC will ask persons being sponsored to provide information, such as their biometrics fee, medical exams, police certificates or any other documents that are required. 

IRCC estimates that completed applications will be processed within 20 to 24 months.

Receiving an invitation to apply is extremely rare and it may in fact be a once in a lifetime opportunity. The reason for this is that there is tremendous demand among Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents, however the demand to sponsor far exceeds the number of available PGP spots provided by IRCC each year. In previous years, some 100,000 people have indicated a desire to sponsor their parents and grandparents, while IRCC has only offered around 20,000 spots.

If you received an invitation in January 2021, you do not want to miss out on this opportunity of a lifetime to obtain permanent resident status for your parents or grandparents. You will want to ensure you submit a completed application so that IRCC can approve the application, and enable your parents and grandparents to move to Canada as quickly as possible.

Up to 40,000 total PGP invitations in 2021 

It is important to keep in mind that Canada will open another Parents and Grandparents Program sponsorship invitation round in 2021. Canada aims to invite up to 30,000 additional sponsors. 

As such, 2021 will be among the biggest years ever for the PGP. The reason is that Canada was unable to go ahead with its PGP intake plan in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. As such, it is combining its total intake target into one year to issue a total of 40,000 PGP sponsorship invitations in 2021. 

IRCC has stated it will provide more details on the 2021 PGP intake in the first half of this year. They have already indicated that the 2021 PGP will operate the same way as the 2020 version. IRCC will open another expression of interest window which will enable eligible Canadian citizens and permanent residents to submit their entry into the lottery. IRCC will then hold another lottery to invite the remaining 30,000 sponsors for this year.

How CanadaVisa and Campbell Cohen Can Assist You

Campbell Cohen Senior Partner Canada Immigration Attorney David Cohen

Attorney David Cohen founded CanadaVisa.com in 1994 as the online presence of the Campbell Cohen immigration law firm. CanadaVisa has since grown into one of the world's leading and most authoritative sources on how to immigrate to Canada. Millions of people trust CanadaVisa each year to provide them with helpful information on how to move to Canada, and settle and integrate here. 

Campbell Cohen is a leading Canadian immigration law firm with over 60 immigration lawyers, paralegals, and professionals. Campbell Cohen has over 45 years of experience and operates a dedicated Family Class Sponsorship practice. Campbell Cohen is able to use its experience and expertise to represent your best interests as you submit your PGP application to the Canadian government. 

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