Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced the lottery draw for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 2021 to invite sponsorship applications.
Over the next two weeks, Canada is expected to invite a total of 30,000 Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents/grandparents to immigrate to Canada. These invitations will be issued until October 7.
Immigration lawyers at CanApprove see this announcement as a major boost to support family immigration for a settled social life, especially in this post-pandemic recovery phase.
About the Sponsorship Lottery
In this phase of the PGP lottery, IRCC considered sponsors who had submitted an interest to sponsor forms on its website between October and November 2020.
Earlier this January 2021, IRCC invited 10,000 sponsors. Even this time, It is drawing from the same pool of 2020 candidates to issue the 30,000 invitations.
Those who fail to receive an invitation for sponsorship in this lottery have an alternative in the form of a Super Visa. The Super Visa allows multiple entries into Canada over a 10 year period.
Parents and Grandparents Program 2021 Eligibility
Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada. Parents and grandparents who are approved under this program may obtain permanent residency. Further, doors to apply for Canadian citizenship will also open.
To become a sponsor under PGP, applicants must fulfil the following conditions:
- be 18 years of age or older,
- be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or status First Nations, and
- have the means to support the family member they are sponsoring.
IRCC will assess a Sponsor’s Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) to ascertain that they have sufficient income to support all family members for whom they will be financially responsible, including themselves, once they become sponsors.
A signed undertaking for the period of up to 20 years will be required from interested sponsors. This undertaking sets out how long the sponsor will be financially responsible for the family members they are sponsoring from the time they become permanent residents of Canada.
IRCC is yet to release the details of PGP 2022. Criteria for becoming a successful sponsor may slightly vary in Quebec.
Canada is also focusing to welcome over 200,000 new immigrants each year through its economic-class programs. We are expected yet another splendid year for the Express Entry system, Provincial Nominee Programs, and Business Immigration programs.
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You may get in touch with our senior consultants to know the prospects and eligibility for PGP in 2022 based on past trends.