PGP Immigration 2023- Notable surge observed in first month of the year
In a notable development, the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) in Canada witnessed a momentous surge in the number of permanent residents who arrived in the first month of the this year, i.e. January 2023. Compared to January 2022, there was an amazing rise of nearly 60 percent in PGP immigrants, with 2,065 new permanent residents welcomed against just 1,300 the previous year.
This year, Canada has set its sights on a notable target of welcoming 28,500 new permanent residents through the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). This number marks a rise from the 27,255 entrants in 2022, showcasing a remarkable surge of 132% compared to 2021. As per the Immigration Levels Plan of the maple leaf country for the year 2023-2025, a total of 465,000 new permanent residents are expected to be welcomed. Out of the total number, 106,500 of fall under the family sponsorship category.
The PGP holds a distinct place within the family sponsorship category, as it enables Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents for immigration to Canada as permanent residents.
The program functions based on a lottery system, wherein interested sponsors needs to first require submitting an online interest-to-sponsor form. Subsequently, prospective sponsors are randomly chosen by the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and issued invitations to submit a complete application under the PGP. Eligibility requirements include fulfilling the income threshold and showing the ability to provide financial support to the sponsored individuals.
This latest update indicates Canada's commitment to reinforcing family ties and encouraging family reunification through the PGP. If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident eligible and interested in sponsoring your parents or grandparents, grab this opportunity to bring your loved ones closer to you in Canada.