It has been just over a week since Canada held its lottery draw for Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 2020, IRCC has now issued a maximum quota of 10,000 invitations to eligible sponsors to apply under the PGP 2020.
Canada has built a solid plan for its recovery post-pandemic. The new Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023 aims at welcoming 105,000 immigrants each year through exclusive family reunification programs – Super Visa, PGP, and other dependents on usual economic-class programs.
Super Visa allows the parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to come to Canada as visitors for a period of up to two consecutive years.
On the other hand, PGP allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents are allowed to sponsor their parents and grandparents to permanently immigrate to Canada. Further, they may qualify to receive permanent residence status. All eligible immigrants will enjoy benefits on par with other permanent residence holders including the freedom to work, obtain health care, get full protection under Canadian law and the Charter of Rights and Freedom, and eventually apply for Canadian citizenship.
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How To Sponsor Parents and Grandparents To Immigrate to Canada?
IRCC will be soon updating us on the details of the 2021 PGP process. However, to stand eligible for PGP in 2021, follow the below steps:
- Step 1: Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria.
- Step 2: Complete an Interest to Sponsor form on IRCC’s website between the said deadline.
- Step 3: IRCC will hold a lottery draw to invite up to 30,000 sponsors. These sponsors will be given 60 days to submit completed sponsorship applications.
According to the website of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the average processing time for an application is between 20 and 24 months.
2021 is said to be a record year for PGP as Canada had earlier announced the following changes:
- Canada had temporarily eased the income requirements for family class immigration including the PGP in the wake of the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Now, the sponsor’s income needs to meet only the Minimum Necessary Income(MNI). Earlier, the sponsor’s income was required to be MNI plus 30 percent.
- The sponsor must have met the minimum income requirement for at least the last three taxation years.
- 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.
Economic-class immigration programs like Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Program, business immigration streams also allow spouse/common-law partner and dependent children, if any, to accompany the primary applicant.
This goes on to tell a lot about the liberal immigration stance adopted by Canada to support its economy, aging demography, and low birth rate problem through rising immigration.
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