While there are many sponsorship programs to get people into Canada, parents and grandparents can utilize the aptly named “Parent and Grandparents Program” to immigrate. With the ongoing coronavirus, however, many people have shown apprehension at the thought, assuming such programs have been put at a halt to control the spread of the virus. However, Canada shows no sign of stopping and is currently issuing thousands of sponsorship invitations to get residents of the country to bring in their parents and grandparents.
If you are interested in using the Parents and Grandparents Program to immigrate to Canada, here is what you need to know.
Canada’s original plan to send out invitations for the application was set to span between 2020 and 2021. However, the invitations are set to occur in 2021 instead and will see up to 40,000 invitations due to the pandemic. This means that if you show interest in immigrating your parents or grandparents into Canada, you must show interest in receiving the invitation. Note that the invitations now are given to those who registered in 2020, but if you are yet to register, you should do so right away for a chance.
Canada holds a lottery for this program rather than making it widely available because there are a lot of people interested in the program, and more than what the CIC can process. It is for that reason the lottery exists. Fortunately, the CIC puts a lot of work to remove duplicate submissions to ensure everyone gets a fair and equal opportunity to win the lottery and receive an invitation to sponsor.
Due to the pandemic, the requirements to be able to sponsor in the Parents and Grandparents Program were eased. This was done mostly since the income of many individuals has dropped because of the virus.
That being said, the requirements are still to be met, meaning that you need to satisfy the minimum income requirement for at least three taxation years. Note that this will only apply to the sponsor of the program, so if you are the sponsor for your parents or grandparents, take note of the requirements.
The requirements you will have to adhere to will be dependent on how many people you are sponsoring. For example, if you are applying for 2021 and responsible for two individuals, your 2020 income should be around $32k, your 2019 income should be around $41k, and your 2018 income should be around $40k. These numbers will be higher the more people you are sponsoring.
To check if you have received the invitation, you should check your emails and the junk folders. The CIC will be sending emails directly to those who have won the lottery. You can also check your invitation’s status on their website for more information about it.
If you have received the invitation to apply for the program, you are given sixty days to submit your application. If you are unable to do this due to any pandemic-related reasons, you will need to prove that this is the case. This will give you an additional ninety days to submit any documents that you have yet to submit.
With all of that in mind, we hope to have cleared out some confusion and questions in your mind regarding sponsoring or applying for the Parents and Grandparents Program. If you are still having trouble with it, do not be afraid to work with immigration experts on the matter. They will provide you with the assistance you need to apply for the program correctly, ensuring that you succeed in your goals and finally bring your parents and grandparents to live with you in Canada.
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