It was only in the last week, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its Parents and Grandparents Program Lottery for 2020. The invitations are now being issued to candidates who had submitted their interest to sponsor forms between October 13 and November 3, 2020.
For 2020 PGP, the IRCC is planning to accept up to 10000 applications. For the year 2021, Canada’s target for PGP is 40,000. Originally Canada was planning to issue these many invitations in 2020 and 2021. But owing to the delays and disruptions caused by Coronavirus pandemic, Canada decided to issue all the invitations this year itself.
Way too many people than the IRCC is able to accept submit applications under this Program to sponsor their parents and grandparents for permanent residence in Canada. So they conduct a lottery and randomly select candidates. Before that, all the duplicate submissions are removed by the IRCC in order to ensure equal opportunity in the lottery.
Those who receive the invitations may submit the application within 60 days. Those who are unable to submit any of the supporting documents owing to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, may submit evidence to prove this. They will be given an additional 90 days to submit the documents.
Those who are awaiting invitations may check their inboxes and junk folders for intimation. The applicants can also check the IRCC website to know if they have received the invitation.
Income requirements for PGP
Earlier, Canada had temporarily eased the income requirements for family class immigration including the PGP in the wake of the financial impact of coronavirus pandemic. Now, the sponsor’s income need to meet only the Minimum Necessary Income(MNI). Earlier, the sponsor’s income was required to be MNI plus 30 per cent. The sponsor must have met the minimum income requirement for at least the last three taxation years. In Quebec, the applicant must meet the exclusive requirements of the province.
Both in Canada and Quebec, the sponsor needs to sign an undertaking agreement saying that they would pay back any social assistance that the sponsored individuals claim. For sponsors outside Quebec, the undertaking period is 20 years. But for those in Quebec, it is 10 years.
Do you wish to migrate to Canada with family? You may know about your options by contacting CanApprove.