Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) is all set to experience changes from 2017 cycle, as confirmed by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). According to these changes, now people are required to fill an online form depicting their interest in IRCC program for sponsoring parents or grandparents to live in Canada.
These online forms will be made available from January 3, 2017 on 12 pm EST to February 2, 2017 till 12pm EST. After this 30 days period, 10,000 forms will be selected randomly to submit further applications provided that these individuals should be the citizens or permanent residents of Canada. In case if more than one application is submitted, duplicate ones will be deleted from the record.
Chosen individuals would have to submit applications and required documents within 90 days from the invitation date. A complete guide will be made available on IRCC site from January 9, 2017. A notification will be provided by IRCC to all those who filled the online form no matter whether they are invited to send applications or not. Those 10,000 candidates who are selected only can submit further application and documents. Those who are not selected in the current cycle can try again in 2018.
In the earlier system, the applications for Parents and Grandparents Program were chosen on the basis of first come and first serve. But with the changes introduced in the system, IRCC believes that it will be a fairer decision this time to pick candidates for PGP.
John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship said that, they are making changes on the basis of past applicants experiences. Through these reformed policies, everyone will have equal and fair chance to file application to sponsor their parents or grandparents.
It is a matter of fact that the Canadian Government is aiming at 20,000 new permanent resident entries to Canada through Parents and Grandparents Program in 2017.