As confirmed yesterday in a press briefing, a lottery will be held once again for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP).
Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) is the only one of its kind in the world. It allows families to reunite, allowing them to thrive in this country.
Reunification of families has an important role in attracting, retaining, and integrating immigrants who contribute to the country’s success.
The PGP 2021 lottery will be held the week of September 20, 2021, with invites being sent out over the next two weeks.
Those that are invited will have 60 days to apply for sponsorship from the Canadian government.
Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino revealed this and other details of the PGP 2021 at a press conference in Surrey, British Columbia yesterday.
30,000 candidates who submitted an interest to sponsor form between October and November 2020 during last year’s PGP intake window will be drawn by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
During that brief period last autumn, Canadian citizens and eligible permanent residents were allowed to fill out an online application form alerting IRCC that they were interested in sponsoring their parents and grandparents for Canadian permanent residence status.
Those that showed an interest in sponsoring in 2020 but were not invited to apply may be included in the PGP 2021 lottery draw.
IRCC highly advises candidates to double-check that the information they supplied on the IRCC website last autumn, particularly their contact information, is still correct.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada under the PGP.
Parents and grandparents who are approved under this program will be awarded permanent residence and will be eligible to seek Canadian citizenship later.
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Key Eligibility Factors For The PGP 2021
People who want to bring their parents or grandparents to Canada under the most sought after PGP must first complete the program’s eligibility requirements.
Applicants for PGP 2021 sponsorship must be at least 18 years old, Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or status First Nations, and have the financial resources to sustain the family member they are sponsoring.
Sponsors must also show that they have enough money to sustain all family members who will be financially accountable for them once they become sponsors, including themselves.
What is the Minimum Necessary Income to sponsor an immigrant in Canada?
All applicants should calculate how much money they will need to sustain the number of persons for whom they would be financially responsible, before submitting an application to the PGP 2021.
The PGP’s Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) is a crucial requirement for participation. IRCC will assess each sponsor’s MNI for the tax years 2020, 2019, and 2018.
After expressing interest in sponsorship via the online form, this proof of sufficient income must be submitted.
However, applicants who are chosen and invited to apply but do not meet the MNI requirement will have their application denied.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, IRCC will only assess your MNI for the 2020 tax year, but not the usual MNI plus 30%.
Sponsors invited to apply who live outside of the Canadian province of Quebec, as well as their co-signers (if applicable), must provide Notices of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for each of the three aforementioned taxation years.
PGP 2021 Income Requirement For Quebec Applicants
Instead of the three-year income requirement set for the rest of Canada, Quebec requires potential sponsors and their co-signer (if applicable) to demonstrate that they have had sufficient financial resources available to them in the last 12 months to support their family unit.
Individuals who live in Quebec and want to sponsor a parent or grandparent have their income assessed by the Quebec Immigration Ministry based on the province’s income requirements.
Both IRCC and the Quebec provincial government require interested sponsors to sign an undertaking.
This undertaking specifies how long the sponsor will be financially responsible for the family members they are sponsoring after they become Canadian permanent residents.
For residents of all Canadian provinces except Quebec, the duration of the undertaking for parents and grandparents is 20 years.
The commitment is valid for ten years for Quebec residents.
Frequently Asked Questions For Canad’s PGP 2021
Q. How much money do I need to be able to sponsor my parents and grandparents?
Ans. If you are invited to apply as a sponsor, you must show proof that you meet the income requirements for each of the three tax years preceding the date you apply.
For example, for the PGP 2021, IRCC will assess sponsors based on their income for the tax years 2020, 2019, and 2018.
The minimum necessary income is 30% of your three years income.
Q. What constitutes income for the purpose of sponsoring my parents and grandparents?
Ans. To find out if you have enough income to be eligible, IRCC uses provincial payments for an instruction or training program.
Social assistance from a province such as Social Insurance Number (SIN).
Payment from the Canadian government as part of a resettlement assistance program.
Or any Employment Insurance earnings for the fiscal year 2020.
Q. How can I prove my income in order to sponsor my parents and grandparents?
Ans. To prove your income, you will be required to provide a Notice of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for each of the three taxation years immediately preceding the date of your application.
Q. Is it possible for me to sponsor more than one person through the Parents and Grandparents Program?
Ans. Yes, If you want to, you can sponsor more than one person.
You can sponsor your parents and grandparents if you are invited to apply.
To do so, you must submit separate applications for each individual (or couple) you wish to sponsor. Each application will be handled separately.
Q. Can I use the Parents and Grandparents Program to sponsor my in-laws?
Ans. No, you cannot sponsor anyone other than your own parents and grandparents.
Your spouse or partner must be the one who received an invitation to apply as a sponsor if you want to co-sign your in-application. law’s