Will Canada hold Parents Grandparents Program (PGP) Lottery in 2021 again?

Posted by in CIC News, on November 11, 2020

Canada will accept 10,000 parents and grandparents for the 2020 program, and another 30,000 in 2021. And IRCC will again randomize the selection process and take out the draw for the parents and grandparents sponsorship program in 2021.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that there will be only one round of invitations to apply for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) a part of the 2020 intake, in a new program delivery update.

The last three week intake period for Interest to sponsor 2020 closed on 3rd Nov 2020. IRCC will now randomize the submitted applications and remove duplicates, before sending the invitations to apply. IRCC anticipates that there will not be enough time for sponsors to complete their applications before 2021, therefore as a result sponsorship applications resulting from the fall 2020 will be received in the early months of 2021.

IRCC has announced to receive a maximum of 10,000 sponsorship applications next year for 2020 PGP program, as per the ministerial instructions. Any applications received before December 2020 end will be counted towards the application cap of 10,000. However, the intake for 2021 will go up to 30,000. But this maximum cap may change as per any  subsequent instructions by the Canada’s Immigration minister.

The applicants who have submitted an interest to sponsor in 2020, but are not invited, may be given an advantage or a consideration in 2021, if they re-apply.

IRCC will continue to process the PGP sponsorship applications on the first-in and first-out basis. This means that when the program re-opens and the applications newly submitted will be placed in the queue behind the applications in the existing inventory of the sponsorship applications.

The intake dates for the 2021 PGP have not been set. Future sponsors must let the department know that they want to sponsor their parents or grandparents by submitting an interest to sponsor form when it becomes available. They will need to upload a copy of their status in Canada along with their form, so that IRCC can identify duplicate submissions.

The interest to sponsor form is not an application for the PGP. The immigration department will invite people to apply for the PGP if they have submitted the interest to sponsor form during the allotted intake period.

Potential sponsors have 60 days from the date of their invitation to apply letter to submit their sponsorship application and permanent residence application package. The invitation to apply is not transferrable to other potential sponsors or applicants. If IRCC can’t reach sponsors or applicants by email, agents will print the email and mail it to the sponsor’s mailing address.

Therefore, if you wish to call your loved ones to Canada under the PGP program, contact us now.

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3 comments on “Will Canada hold Parents Grandparents Program (PGP) Lottery in 2021 again?”

  1. by Jay on

    What happens if you’re not selected in random lottery? Do those applicant get automatic consideration in future invitation rounds, or do they need to keep applying again in next rounds?


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