Canada to reopen Parents and Grandparents Program this month

Canada to reopen Parents and Grandparents Program this month

Canada to reopen Parents and Grandparents Program this month
The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) is scheduled to reopen this month, with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) poised to issue invitations to potential sponsors. Beginning May 21, 2024, IRCC will contact potential sponsors. The department aims to randomly select 35,700 individuals from the pool who submitted an interest-to-sponsor form in 2020 to receive 20,500 complete applications. This marks a significant increase of 5,500 invitations compared to the 2023 intake, reflecting Canada’s growing demand for family reunification. For those who did not submit an interest-to-sponsor form in 2020, their parents and grandparents can still visit Canada for an extended period by applying for a super visa. This visa allows for stays of up to 5 years at a time, with the option to extend their visit while in Canada.

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IRCC updates Express Entry candidates’ proof of funds requirements for 2024
On May 3, 2024, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued updated requirements for Express Entry proof of funds for 2024. These updates, which are based on 50% of the low-income cut-off totals, are a regular occurrence. Express Entry candidates in the pool can easily adjust their settlement funds in their profiles to meet the new requirements before May 27, 2024, when the changes take effect. Proof of funds is mandatory for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). However, applicants with a valid job offer and work permit for Canada are exempt from providing proof of funds for FSWP and FSTP. Additionally, candidates in the Express Entry Canadian Experience Class (CEC) category are not required to provide proof of funds. The amount of settlement funds required depends on the number of family members in the applicant’s household. Per the IRCC website, acceptable proof of funds includes official letters from banks or financial institutions.

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PEI seeks offers for modular home construction
PEI is reaching out to private sector entities, inviting them to be part of a local modular home fabrication facility. This initiative, which aligns with the Building Together — PEI Housing Strategy 2024-2029, is a collaborative effort to enhance housing supply and community development. Interested parties can submit proposals to Finance PEI. Minister Gilles Arsenault underlines the economic and community benefits of local modular home fabrication. The strategy emphasizes 20 priority actions, including support for modular construction to address housing accessibility. Minister Rob Lantz emphasizes the need for innovative approaches to meet housing demands and pledges collaboration with industry and government. The deadline for expression of interest proposals is June 6, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. AST.

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The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador upgrades the Immigration Accelerator portal
On May 2, 2024, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador revealed enhancements to the Immigration Accelerator portal by the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism to improve services. New applications for the current Provincial Nominee Program and Job Vacancy Assessment system ceased on Friday, May 3, at 12:00 p.m. The updated system will accept applications again on Wednesday, May 8. Existing applicants in the current systems will experience no changes. During this transition, intermittent disruptions may occur for applications submitted under the Atlantic Immigration Program.

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