The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) immigration lottery for 2020 was held on January 5. Though the lottery was supposed to be held by the end of 2020, it had to be delayed owing to COVID pandemic and other reasons, informed the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Those who have been selected in the lottery may submit their sponsorship applications to the IRCC within 60 days. However, IRCC will provide extensions for COVID-related delays for a maximum of 90 days. Those who have been drawn from the lottery will be invited by the IRCC gradually within the next 10 days.
The Interest to Sponsor window for the PGP was opened between October 13 and November 3. During this period, Canadian citizens and permanent residents who wished to sponsor their parents and grandparents for permanent residence in Canada were allowed to submit the interest to sponsor to the IRCC. Those who have been drawn in the lottery have 60 days to submit their sponsorship application and supporting documents. But if they are unable to submit the supporting documents because of the service disruptions from COVID-19, they can submit the application within 60 days with an explanation letter stating the reason and they will get an extension of 90 days.
To be eligible to sponsor a parent/grandparent, a person should be:
- A Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Should be of at least 18 years
- Should meet Necessary Income Level
- Should sign a sponsorship undertaking agreement. Under this agreement, sponsors and their co-signers are obliged to repay any social assistance paid to their sponsored relatives.
The date for the 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program lottery will be announced soon. While 2020 PGP will be accepting 10,000 applications, 30,000 applications will be accepted under 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program.
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