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Canada Family Sponsorship Immigration Increases In 2023

Last Updated On 23 October 2023, 8:34 PM EDT (Toronto Time)

Newcomers landing in Canada under the Family Sponsorship Immigration programs increased significantly by around 60% in the beginning of 2023.

As per the immigration levels plan 2023, Canada has a target of welcoming 465,000 permanent residents in 2023.

Out of these, 106,500 will be under the family sponsorship. Family sponsorship includes spouses, partners, and children, as well as the Parents and Grandparents (PGP) program.

Canada has already landed more than 13,000 newcomers under these two programs in 2023.

Overall, Canada already welcomed 50,885 new permanent residents in January, about 43.6 percent higher than the 35,450 immigrants in January last year.

Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 2023 Update

New permanent residents landing in Canada via the Parents and Grandparents program increased by 57.3% for the same time period.

The PGP welcomed 2,065 new permanent residents in the first month of 2023, up from 1,300 in the same month in 2022.

Canada is aiming to land 28,500 permanent residents under the lottery system of Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) in 2023.

In addition, this number is up 67.2 percent from the 1,235 new permanent residents who arrived in Canada under this program in January 2020 (prior to the pandemic).

According to the most recent data from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), 27,255 new permanent residents to Canada entered through the PGP last year, which is 132.2 percent greater than the 11,740 in 2021.

Moreover, IRCC processing times for applications already in processing are also picking up.

As per the latest IRCC processing update, the immigration department has now reduced processing time by 14 months for PGP.

However, IRCC still struggling to reinstate the service standards for Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP).

The PGP requires applicants to pay $1,050 to sponsor a parent or grandparent, and the procedure can take up to 39 months.

Those being sponsored must provide biometrics after applying. The processing time includes the time it takes to collect those biometrics.

There is currently no information on the method that IRCC will use for the PGP in 2023. However, expectations are high that the PGP 2023 will open for new applicants now.

The most recent PGP lottery was held in October 2022, and there are presently roughly 155,000 possible sponsors left in the pool of candidates who expressed interest in the fall of 2020.

Spousal Sponsorship Update

Spousal sponsorship immigrants landing in Canada almost doubled in January 2023 as compared to January 2022.

As per immigration levels plan, Canada is aiming to land more than 78,000 permanent residents under the spousal sponsorship program.

In January, Canada welcomed 10,065 new permanent residents through spousal sponsorship immigration.

This is an increase of 90.1 percent, or 4,770 persons, from the 5,295 immigrants who rejoined their loved ones under same program in 2022.

Spousal sponsorships almost returned to pre-pandemic levels in 2021, increasing by more than 78.4% to 64,440 that year before dipping somewhat in 2022.

The high number of spousal sponsorships in January this year was up 126.7 percent from the 4,435 new permanent residents who arrived in Canada under this programme in the same month last year.

However, applicants under the spousal sponsorship have been continuously pointing out the long processing times keeping each other apart.

Processing time for spousal sponsorship have also improved significantly and IRCC is making all the efforts to disappear backlog.

Spousal sponsorship now has a processing time of 14 months for inside Canada spouses & partners and 16 months for spouses & partners living outside Canada.

IRCC is yet to attain the service standard of processing spousal sponsorship applications within 12 months, but progress has been made.

Ground level report reflects that spousal sponsorship and other category applications are now being processed at comparatively faster.

According to latest backlog data, the clog in the IRCC processing pipelines is fading away, but increase in new applications will continue to be challenging for IRCC.

How many new permanent residents came to Canada in January 2023?

Canada welcomed 50,885 new permanent residents in January 2023, a 43.6 percent increase over the 35,450 immigrants who arrived in January of previous year.

How many new immigrants landed in Canada under Family sponsorship in 2023?

Canada welcomed more than 13,000 newcomers under family sponsorship which includes Parents and Grandparents Program (PGWP) and spousal sponsorship.

How many newcomers cane to Canada under spousal sponsorship in January 2023?

Canada welcomed 10,065 new permanent residents through spousal sponsorship immigration in January 2023.


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