Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced the details of the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) for 2021. It was released during a press conference presided over by Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino in Surrey British Columbia on July 20.
PGP 2021 will feature a lottery system for nominating nearly 30,000 sponsors to invite their parents or grandparents to immigrate to Canada. All those who expressed an interest to sponsor in 2020, but were not invited to apply, may be considered in the upcoming PGP 2021 lottery draw. IRCC will most likely draw candidates who submitted an interest to sponsor form between October and November 2020 during last year’s PGP intake window.
If you are one among them, IRCC strongly recommends ensuring that the submitted information on IRCC’s website remains up to date, including your contact details.
About the Parents and Grandparents Program 2021
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.
IRCC has invoked the coronavirus pandemic relaxations in assessing MNI. It will now assess MNI only for the 2020 tax year and not for 2019, 2018 tax year. Also, the usual MNI plus 30 per cent will not be considered now. Applicants can count Employment Insurance (EI) benefits and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) towards their MNI for the 2020 tax year.
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.
Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility for various Canadian immigration streams.
Criteria for becoming a successful sponsor may slightly vary in Quebec. Our immigration consultants can guide you better. Keep following this space for more such updates.