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Canadians Unhappy With PGP 2023 Not Opening For New Sponsors

Canadians Unhappy With PGP 2023 Not Opening For New Sponsors

Last Updated On 14 September 2023, 10:09 AM EDT (Toronto Time)

The new round of PGP 2023 (Parents and Grandparents Program) will open on October 10, 2023, sending out invitations to apply for 24,200 prospective sponsors.

IRCC is targeting to accept 15,000 complete applications, but PGP 2023 is not opening for new sponsors who want to participate in this lottery.

In fact, this is the third year that IRCC is only considering the interest of sponsors submitted in 2020 and not giving a chance to any new sponsors.

Most Canadian citizens and permanent residents expected that IRCC would open PGP 2023 for new sponsors, but they were disappointed with the same old approach that was introduced during the pandemic.

Hanieh Toossi from Montreal says, “Why not giving parents of canadian citizens an equal opportunity in 2023. We have been waiting for this for 3 years and the draw has been equally done from 2020 pool for three years now! Very unfair”

Canadians eagerly waiting to participate in PGP 2023 expressed their disagreement with the IRCC’s approach of not opening the program to new sponsors.

Another Canadian from Manitoba, Hira Mallows comments, “this is ridiculous! Why arent you giving an opportunity to new people putting in an interest to sponsor? We’ve been waiting for three years now! This is enough, everything is freaking delayed and none of the programs are designed to help.”

PGP 2023 Targets

Annually, the IRCC publishes its Immigration Levels Plan, which outlines its objectives for welcoming immigrants to Canada.

In 2023, Canada aims to welcome 465,000 new permanent residents, including 28,500 parents and grandparents.

By 2025, Canada intends to increase its target for newcomers to 500,000, with 36,000 spaces reserved for parents and grandparents.

These immigration levels are set to be revised in November 2023 for the next 3 years, 2024–2026, and we will have to see whether the federal government increases or keeps the quota for family sponsorship at the same levels.

Super Visa Is The Only Option Left

With PGP not opening for new sponsors, Canadians are now left with only one viable option: applying for a super visa for their parents or grandparents.

The Super Visa allows parents or grandparents to stay up to 5 years in Canada, with the option to extend it further by 2 years.

Another option that we all discuss is parents or grandparents permanent residency based on H&C or Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds.

However, H&C has a quite low success rate and is only approved in exceptional circumstances.

How much is the income requirement for sponsoring parents in 2023?

IRCC is yet to update the income requirement for sponsoring parents or grandparents in 2023, but below is what we expect the income requirements could be:

Size of Family2022
Tax Year
Tax Year
Tax Year
2 persons$44,530.20$32,898$32,270
3 persons$54,730.00$40,444$39,672
4 persons$66,466.40$49,106$48,167
5 persons$75,384.40$55,694$54,630
6 persons$85,020.00$62,814$61,613
7 persons$94,658.20$69,934$68,598
More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add$9,635.60$7,120$6,985
Canada PGP 2023 Expected Income Requirement

How long is the processing time for PGP (Parents or Grandparents) sponsorship?

As of the most recent official IRCC processing update, applications for parent or grandparent (PGP) sponsorship are being processed in an average of 23 months across Canada, excluding Quebec.

However, the current average IRCC processing time for parents or grandparents (PGP) intending to reside in Quebec is 45 months.


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Canadians Unhappy With PGP 2023 Not Opening For New Sponsors

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