Diverting its attention to the family immigration program, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will start receiving requests for sponsoring aged dependents under the Parents and Grandparents (PGP) from October 13 which will go on till November 3.
The PGP program in Canada allows Canadian citizens or permanent residents to sponsor their parents or grandparents to immigrate to Canada, thereby boosting family immigration for a settled social life.
Only interest for sponsoring will be received between October 13 to November 3. IRCC will further scrutiny to select potential sponsors and invite them to formally apply for sponsoring their parents and grandparents to migrate to Canada. The application has to be submitted within 60 days from the date of receiving invitation.
The eligibility requirements to become a sponsor under Parents and Grandparents Program:
- The person must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Financial stability to support sponsored family members for at least 20 years after they become permanent residents.
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Easing Income Requirement for Family-class Immigration
Giving relief to certain sections of immigrants- Parents and Grandparents, as well as other family-class immigration sponsors – in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, IRCC had already eliminated the requirement to meet all the regular income requirements for the 2020. Which means sponsors are not required to meet the necessary income plus 30 percent yet sponsor their parents or grandparents or other dependents to migrate to Canada.
Canada’s immigration policy overwhelmingly supports family immigration.
The Minister for Immigration, Marco Medicino earlier tweed, “Now, more than ever, family reunification is an important component of Canada’s immigration system. It plays a key role in attracting, retaining and integrating the best and the brightest from around the world.”
Following the Immigration Levels 2020-2022 plan that was released just a week before the worldwide lockdowns in March, IRCC aimed at 40,000 new immigrants through the parents and grandparents program. Canada will soon release its revised plan for 2021-2023 and it is expected to continue the high immigration levels giving equal importance to economic and family immigration programs.
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