Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marco Mendicino, announced yesterday that Canada will be accepting a record number of applicants for the 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program. The program will allow families to reunify as the IRCC will now accept up to 30,000 additional applications.
If a potential applicant previously filed an interest to sponsor form back in 2020, they will be sent an invitation to apply this year. Invitations will be distributed over the course of two weeks, beginning September 20, 2021. If invited, applicants have 60 days to complete the process.
Previously, in 2020, Canada accepted 10,000 applications through a randomized lottery draw, bringing the total this year to 40,000 once the application process is complete. The IRCC will be using the same lottery draw system this year.
Those who receive invitations to apply will have access to the new Permanent Resident Digital Intake tool, which allows applications to be received electronically.
Those who wish to sponsor need to be 18 years or older, a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or status First Nations.
They will also have to prove they have the income available to sponsor their family member(s). For the 2020 tax year will have a minimum necessary income, rather than the previous minimum income plus 30 per cent, now allowing employment insurance and COVID-19 benefits to be included in a sponsor’s income.
This means more people may be eligible to apply, despite the financial difficulties caused by the pandemic.
The Government of Canada website features how much will be needed to sponsor your family members. A sponsor (and co-signer) will be required to prove they meet the minimum income requirements for the last 3 tax years before you applied.
For more information on the Parents and Grandparents Program, see the Government of Canada website.
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· IRCC is inviting more people to apply than the number of applications they’re aiming to receive, because not all sponsors who are invited submit their application.
· Those who are not invited to apply can consider applying for a super visa, which will allow their loved ones to visit them in Canada for up to two years, without having to renew their status. A super visa allows multiple entries for up to 10 years.
· Invitations will be sent over 2 weeks starting September 20, 2021. If invited, applicants have 60 days to submit their applications.
· To confirm if they’ve been selected, potential sponsors need to check their email account they used to submit their 2020 interest to sponsor form. More details will be posted on the Government of Canada website in the coming weeks for those who don’t have access to their email account.
· Misplaced confirmation numbers can be recovered by using the Lost My Confirmation Number tool, which will become available online once all the invitations have been distributed.
· Selected potential sponsors will have their income assessed for tax years 2020, 2019, and 2018. This is the same as those who applied as a part of the 2020 intake.