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The 2023 Lottery for Canadian Parents and Grandparents Starts Today

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Between October 10 and October 23, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will issue invitations to apply to 24,200 prospective sponsors who have expressed interest. They will randomly select these invitations from the remaining pool of submissions from 2020. IRCC’s objective is to receive 15,000 complete applications.

You may submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2020 but did not receive an invitation to apply for the PGP in 2021 or 2022. Please continue to monitor the email address you provided when you submitted your interest to sponsor form in 2020.

The email from IRCC will be sent from ‘…’. Please also check your spam folder, as IRCC’s invitation to apply may end there.

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Super Visa

The Super Visa is a unique opportunity for Canadian citizens and permanent residents to reunite with their parents and grandparents who reside abroad. This particular visa facilitates extended family visits to Canada, offering a temporary visa that grants parents and grandparents the ability to stay in Canada for up to five consecutive years without the need to renew their visitor status.

Super Visa holders enjoy the flexibility of multiple entries into Canada for up to 10 years. Furthermore, individuals with an existing Super Visa may be able to apply for an extension. It allows them to remain in Canada for up to seven years as visitors.

In addition, one of the standout advantages of the Super Visa is its availability year-round. Free from the constraints of a lottery system. To qualify for the Super Visa, applicants must meet specific eligibility criteria, which include:

  • Being a parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Demonstrating no inadmissibility to Canada based on criminality or health.
  • Proving the ability to meet the income requirements defined by the Low-Income Cut Off (LICO).
  • Providing a signed invitation letter from their child or grandchild in Canada, which includes a commitment to provide financial support throughout the visit and a list of individuals residing in the sponsor’s household.
  • Lastly, presenting evidence of at least one year of medical insurance coverage from a Canadian insurance provider.


The Super Visa stands as a heartwarming initiative that promotes family togetherness. Allowing loved ones to create cherished memories during extended stays in the welcoming embrace of Canada.

Eligibility Requirements for the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP)

A crucial aspect of determining eligibility for the Parent and Grandparent Program is the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI). The MNI provides evidence that a sponsor has the financial means to support the individuals they intend to bring to Canada through the PGP.

Besides, in all Canadian provinces and territories, except Quebec, sponsors who receive an invitation to apply must furnish Notices of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency. For each of the three tax years immediately preceding their application.

For residents of Quebec wishing to sponsor their parents or grandparents, income evaluation is conducted by Quebec’s immigration ministry. Both IRCC and the Quebec government require a signed undertaking from interested sponsors.

Furthermore, if you do not receive an invitation this year, an alternative option to consider is the Super Visa program.

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