Canada to accept record number of Parents and Grandparents Program applications in 2021
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced details on the 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program on July 20.
The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) will feature a lottery in the week of September 20, 2021. After the lottery, invitations will be sent over the course of two (2) weeks. Those invited will have sixty (60) days to submit their sponsorship applications to the IRCC.
Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino also announced that the PGP will accept an additional 30,000 applications this year. This means that a record of up to 40,000 applications will be accepted when added to the 10,000 already received in January 2021.
The 30,000 additional applications will be given to candidates who previously submitted an Interest to Sponsor form between October and November 2020 during last year’s PGP intake window.
Those who are invited to apply in September will use the new Permanent Resident Digital Intake tool to submit their applications electronically.
The PGP allows Canadian citizens and eligible permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada. Parents and grandparents who are approved under this program are granted permanent residence.
The income requirement will continue to be the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI), instead of the MNI plus 30 percent (30%). Employment Insurance benefits and COVID-19 benefits can count towards the sponsor’s income. The IRCC will only assess sponsor’s MNI for the 2020 tax year, and assess their income for the 2020, 2019, and 2018 tax years.
Anyone interested in sponsoring a parent or grandparents under the PGP must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- be at least 18 years old;
- live in Canada;
- be a Canadian citizen, permanent residence, or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act; and
- have enough money to support the people you want to sponsor.
Those who do not receive an invitation may consider applying for a super visa. This allows a parent or grandparent to visit them in Canada for up to two (2) years at a time, without the need to renew their status. A super visa allows multiple entries for up to ten (10) years.