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What to expect from the Parents and Grandparents Program in 2021

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Canada is a land of opportunities, and it is a perfect place for people who crave a peaceful and prosperous life. However, Canadian residents and PR holders who have submitted their interest to sponsors forms for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) in 2020 are now receiving invitations from IRCC.

Moreover, earlier this week, the PGP 2020 lottery was held by IRCC. The department of immigration will be issuing invitations within 10 days. However, interested candidates could submit their sponsorship forms between October 13 and November 3, 2020.

IRCC is looking forward accept up to 10,000 applications for the PGP 2020. This year is going to be a great year for the PGP. Canada is looking forward to issuing up to 40,000 invitations this year. However, the original plan was to issue the such number of invitations between 2020 and 2021.

The government has planned to issue all these invitations in 2021. This is mainly due to delays caused by a coronavirus.

Moreover, the maximum number of people who register their interest for sponsorship to their parents or grandparents than IRCC can accept. However, this is mainly why Canada had to plan on a lottery to choose candidates randomly. These selected candidates will get the ITAs.

Before it gets done, IRCC will remove all duplicate submissions to ensure everyone gets an equal opportunity in the lottery.

Submission of Applications

The candidates who will get ITAs will have a total of 60 days for the submission of their applications. However, if any candidate is unable to submit the documents due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus. Such candidates will need to provide evidence.

Moreover, after providing the evidence, they will get an additional 90-day period for the submission of their missing documents. However, applicants who have submitted their interest to the sponsor form need to check their e-mails and their junk folders.

IRCC maintains that the department will only contact the candidates who received invitations to apply. However, applicants can also make use of the IRCC website to check their status of the invitation.

Canada announced in October that they would temporarily ease the income requirements. This flexibility is for family class immigration candidates, such as for the Parents and Grandparents Program.

It is mainly because many of the potential sponsors were facing a financial crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, IRCC will now require that sponsors’ income should meet the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI).

Moreover, the IRCC required that sponsors’ income be at least the MNI plus 30% before this change.

Sponsorship Requirements

In order to know how much you need to earn to be able to sponsor your parents or grandparents. However, you will first need to determine the size of your family. It will include everyone who you will be responsible for financially, including:

  • Yourself
  • Common-law partner or spouse
  • Dependent Children
  • Dependent children of spouse or partner
  • Anyone you may have sponsored before for whom you are financially responsible
  • Parents and Grandparents that you want to sponsor and their dependents as well
  • Any dependent children who won’t come to Canada along with their parents or grandparents
  • The spouse or partner of parent or grandparents, though they won’t come to Canada
  • The separated spouse of parents or grandparents.

Moreover, Canada needs that you need to meet the minimum income requirement for a minimum of three taxation years. However, this requirement is true for candidates who want to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to any province outside Quebec.

Those who are living in Quebec will need to meet the provincial requirements for the parents and grandparents program.

Moreover, for both Canada and Quebec, the sponsor will need to sign an undertaking agreement. However, this means that the sponsors and their co-signers should pay back any social assistance claimed by the sponsored individuals.

The undertaking period for sponsors in any province that Quebec is 20 years. However, the undertaking period for those living in Quebec in 10 years.

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