This year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will accept up to 15,000 complete applications for sponsorship under the Parents and Grandparents Program.
IRCC will begin mailing invitations to apply to 24,200 interested potential sponsors on October 10, 2023, with the goal of receiving up to 15,000 complete applications. Invitations will be sent out over the next two weeks.
Due to the volume of forms still in the pool of 2020 submissions, IRCC will send invitations to apply to randomly selected potential sponsors from that pool rather than opening a new interest to sponsor form.
This is the same strategy used for the intakes in 2021 and 2022. Anyone who submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2020 but did not receive an invitation to apply in 2021 or 2022 is asked to check the email address they gave on the form in 2020.
Those asked to apply as part of the 2023 intake will continue to use the Permanent Residence Portal or the Representative Permanent Residence Portal, both of which allow electronic submission of applications.
Those who want to visit their parents and grandparents in Canada but are not invited this year can consider having their parents apply for a super visa, which is a multiple-entry visa valid for up to ten years.
Super visa enhancements allow super visa holders to stay in Canada for up to 5 years at a time, with the opportunity to extend their stay for up to 2 years at a time without leaving the country.
These reforms make it easier for Canadian citizens and permanent residents to spend extended amounts of time with their parents and grandparents in Canada.