Super Visa Invitations for Canada's Parents & Grandparents Program Kick Off on May 21


Starting on May 21, 2024, Canadian authorities will begin sending out invites for Super Visas to around 35,700 prospective sponsor parents who have submitted applications since 2020 to accompany their children in Canada. 

It has been stated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that invitations to apply for sponsorship forms submitted in 2020 will be delivered to applicants from the remaining pool of interest throughout the two-week selection process.

Through the Canadian Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP), which enables Canadian citizens and permanent residents living outside of Quebec to sponsor their parents and grandparents for Canadian residency, families will be reunited through this process.

Encouraging Family Reunification

Under the PGP program, Canada hopes to bring in 23,500 new permanent residents annually, in line with the nation's current immigration strategy.

The authorities have demonstrated their dedication to family reunions by saying in the fall of 2023 that, when the program resumes, immigration under the PGP will give priority to the families of sponsors who have already filed interest in sponsoring forms.

Rather than launching a fresh Interest in Sponsor form, IRCC has decided to send invitations to apply to randomly selected potential sponsors from the 2020 submission pool, due to the volume of forms already in the pool.

The strategy used for the intakes in 2021 and 2022 is consistent with this approach, which encourages people who filed an Interest to Sponsor form in 2020 but did not receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the following years to check their email accounts for updates.

Modernizing the Immigration System

The PGP process indicates Canada's dedication to updating its immigration laws and procedures. Invited applicants for the 2023 intake are anticipated to submit electronically through either the Representative Permanent Residence Portal or the Permanent Residence Portal. This shortened procedure reflects the efforts to make the application process easier and faster for both sponsors and applicants.

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Marc Miller, made fresh announcements in April of this year to streamline Canada's federal immigration procedures for businesses.

These modifications, which include initiatives to shorten processing times and clear backlogs of applications, show Canada's continued dedication to effective and user-friendly immigration procedures.

An essential milestone in Canada's efforts to speed up immigration procedures for sponsors and applicants and enable family reunification is the May 21 start of Super Visa invitations. Families are looking forward to reuniting under the PGP program as the selection process takes place over the next two weeks.


Can Canadians on Super Visas work or study there?

No, the Super Visa only allows for visits; it does not allow for employment or education in Canada. These activities require separate permissions.

Can holders of Super Visas apply to become permanent residents of Canada?

Although having a Super Visa does not automatically grant permanent residency, holders of Super Visas can investigate avenues for doing so, such as the Express Entry system or other immigration programs.


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