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The Parents and Grandparents Program Reopens

Are you hoping to reunite with your parents and/ or grandparents and provide them with the opportunity to live in Canada? The Parents and Grandparents Program can help you achieve that dream.

Family reunification is a pillar of Canada’s immigration system. The Parents and Grandparent Program (PGP) allows this initiative to thrive, hence the government's announcement of its reopening on May 21, 2024. The program enables Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents or grandparents for permanent residency in Canada. This initiative fosters closer family ties and enhances the rich culture of Canadian society. Through this program, sponsors can bring their parents or grandparents to Canada, granting them access to the full privileges of permanent residency.

At Yanique Russell Law, we understand the complexities of understanding this system and the importance of getting it right the first time. We are committed to providing our clients with the knowledge and support needed to enhance their prospects in getting approved for this program.

Understanding the Program

Sponsors must submit an Interest to Sponsor form which could then be selected through random draws. If selected, sponsors are given the opportunity to submit a formal PGP sponsorship application. Essentially, the PGP is a lottery based program, enabling applications only if one has received an Invitation to Apply. However, if you are not selected, the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada also offers a Super Visa which allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada on a five year visa which can also be extended another two years.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to sponsor your parent or grandparent, you must:

  1. Have completed an Interest to Sponsor form on the IRCC’s website

  2. Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a registered Indian under the Canadian Indian Act

  3. Be 18 years of age or older

  4. Be residing in Canada

  5. Exceed the minimum necessary income level which depends on the size of the family unit

  6. Sign an undertaking that you will financially support your family members for 20 years and repay any social assistance benefits paid to the sponsored family members

Receiving permanent residency through the PGP

The applicants must meet all relevant criteria listed above, complete an interest to sponsor form and once the PGP lottery reopens and continuously check the email provided on the interest to sponsor for an invitation from the government. Once an invitation to apply has been received, sponsors must submit their application through the Permanent Residence Portal, or the Representative Residence Portal if using an authorized representative.

Who is permitted for the next round

The IRCC is continuing with candidates from the 2020 intake of the PGP which means that those receiving invitations to submit formal PGP sponsorship applications will have submitted their applications in 2020.

How Yanique Russell Law Can Assist

To successfully navigate the complexities of The Parents and Grandparent Program, a thorough understanding of the applicable immigration policies is essential. It is also crucial for applicants to remain abreast of updates and plan effectively.

At Yanique Russell Law, we are committed to assisting our clients through this journey, offering thorough guidance and support which optimize the approval of applications. Our dedicated team is here to accompany you at every stage, ensuring you are fully equipped to seize the opportunities presented by the The Parents and Grandparent Program.


The Parents and Grandparent Program is a vital pathway for families to reunite and gain the opportunity of receiving permanent residency. By understanding the factors that influence the lottery system, you can navigate this pathway with confidence. With the support of Yanique Russell Law, you can create a better future for your family.


Parents and Grandparents program will reopen this month - CICNEWS

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