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Parents and Grandparents Program Reopens on October 10, 2023

Updated: May 7

The eagerly awaited Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) will reopen on October 10, 2023. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is once again providing an opportunity for families to reunite.

Parents and Grandparents Program Reopens on October 10, 2023

If you're a permanent resident or Canadian citizen who submitted an interest to sponsor your parents or grandparents in 2020 for the Parents and Grandparents Program but didn't receive an invitation to apply in 2021 or 2022, we've got some exciting news for you.

Parents and Grandparents Program to Reopen on October 10, 2023

The Parents and Grandparents Program has been a lifeline for families separated by borders. IRCC will continue its commitment to reuniting families by accepting up to 15,000 complete applications for sponsorship under the program this year. Starting on October 10, 2023, IRCC will send out invitations to apply to 24,200 interested potential sponsors. The aim is to receive up to 15,000 complete applications. What's interesting to note is that, due to the number of forms remaining in the pool of submissions from 2020, IRCC will send invitations to apply to randomly selected potential sponsors from that pool instead of opening a new interest to sponsor form.

Did Not Receive an Invitation to Apply for the Parents and Grandparents Program This Year?

We know an alternative program to be with your parents and grandparents in Canada! While the Parents and Grandparents Program reopening is undoubtedly exciting, unfortunately, not everyone will receive an invitation this year. However, there's an alternative option that can help you reunite with your parents and grandparents in Canada–through Super Visa. The Super Visa is a multiple-entry visa that is valid for up to 10 years. What makes it even more appealing is the recent enhancements to the program, allowing Super Visa holders to stay in Canada for up to 5 years at a time. Your parents or grandparents will have the option to extend their visit by up to 2 years at a time without them leaving the country. These changes make it easier for you to spend more time with your parents and grandparents in Canada.

How Chitra & Associates Immigration Consultants Can Help with Your Family Reunification in Canada

At Chitra & Associates Immigration Consultants, we understand the importance of family reunification. If you're navigating the complex immigration process or exploring alternative options to bring your loved ones to Canada, our experienced team is here to assist you every step of the way. We specialize in immigration services and can help you with the Super Visa application process, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free experience. Our dedicated team of experts is well-versed in immigration laws and regulations. We can provide you with personalized guidance and support to help you achieve your goal of reuniting with your parents and grandparents in Canada. Don't let the complexity of immigration processes deter you from being with your loved ones – let us handle the paperwork while you focus on building cherished memories together.


The reopening of the Parents and Grandparents Program on October 10, 2023, is a beacon of hope for families looking to reunite in Canada. For those who submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2020 but didn't receive an invitation in the past two years, this is your chance to finally bring your parents and grandparents closer. Keep a close watch on your email, as IRCC will reach out to you soon! However, if you don't receive an invitation this year, remember that there are alternative pathways, such as the Super Visa program, that can help you spend quality time with your loved ones in Canada. At Chitra & Associates Immigration Consultants, we're here to assist you in navigating the immigration process, ensuring that nothing stands in the way of your family's reunion. In this journey to reunite families, stay informed, stay positive, and never lose sight of the cherished moments that await you and your loved ones in the Great White North.

A Cautionary Note: The foregoing provides only an overview and does not constitute legal advice. Readers are cautioned against making any decisions based on this material alone. Rather, specific legal advice should be obtained, and the readers are asked to refer to the government website for the most updated information.


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