Canada delays the opening date for PGP
The government of Canada delays the processing of applications due to coronavirus pandemic. Amid the measures to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic, Canada is delaying the 2020 Parents and Grandparents’ opening date for applications.
According to the IRCC, the popular immigration program was expected to be opened for expressions of interest in the upcoming weeks. The short-term delay implemented bu the Government of Canada, will not make an impact in the processing of the applications when parents and grandparents will arrive in Canada.
If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you can sponsor your parents or grandparents to come to Canada as permanent residents through the program.
Since its launch, the program became so popular that the federal government took certain measures to limit its quota for intake during the last ten years.
How can you sponsor your loved ones in Canada?
In 2019, a total of 100,000 Canadian citizens and permanent residents applied for the expression of interest in order to sponsor their parents or grandparents. The number of applications was quite large, although only the quota for last year was only 21,000 spots.
Similarly, Canada is going to accept 21,000 newcomers each year from 2020 to 2022 according to its Immigration Levels Plan under the PGP program.
In order to manage the PGP in the last years, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada have attempted various approaches and still takes certain measures to refine its methods.
Among the suggestions, the program used the first-come-first-served model which processed the sponsorship applications in the order in which they were applied. Also, Canada tried to implement the lottery model, which used to based on the random selection of sponsors.
Still, we are looking forward to seeing what changes to be applied to the intake process in PGP once IRCC resumes the program later in 2020.