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What To Do If You Get Invited Through Canada’s 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program

Canada has stated that the Parents and Grandparents Program would receive 30,000 additional applicants in 2021.

After the 10,000 applications that were postponed from 2020 due to COVID-19, the total number of applications received this year will be 40,000.

From September 20, 2021, a fresh batch of Invitations to Apply will be handed out over two weeks, with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) choosing applicants from individuals who filled out interest to sponsor forms in the autumn of 2020.

ITA candidates have 60 days to submit a complete application.

The ITA will be clearly marked with the deadline. ITAs will be delivered to the email address provided on the interest in sponsoring form.

Canada’s 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program: Application Process

Once you’ve obtained your ITA, you’ll need to fill out two applications:

  1. Application to become a sponsor.
  2. Application for permanent residence from the parents or grandparents.

Both applications can be filed simultaneously online at the same time.

To avoid utilizing outdated forms or instructions, IRCC recommends candidates not to begin filling out an application until they obtain an ITA.

The application cost will not be reimbursed to those who apply without getting an ITA.

According to the IRCC, more information on the application procedure will be available in the coming weeks.

Applicants who live in Quebec must sponsor their parents and grandparents in accordance with the laws of that province.

Citizens sponsoring their parents or grandparents must provide the following information:

  • The date they became a Canadian citizen.
  • Their client ID number, also known as their UCI.
  • Both of these documents may be found on the back of the citizenship certificate.

Application Fees

Application fees paid online, include:

  • Processing fees for the sponsor, the people being sponsored and their dependents to be sponsored.
  • Permanent Residence permit fee
  • Biometrics fee

Biometrics Fee

When you submit your application, you must pay a biometrics cost. Biometrics are collected after the application has been filed.

Other Fees

Candidate may also need to pay fees to third parties for:

  • Medical exam.
  • Police certificate.

Information Submitted During Processing

The following documents are not necessary to be supplied with the application, but will be requested throughout the review process:

  • Medical exams.
  • Police certificate.

The persons being sponsored, as well as each family member 18 or older who isn’t already a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, will need a police certificate.

They have a one-year validity period from the date of issue.

  • Biometrics.
  • After the biometrics cost has been paid, family members will get a letter requesting their fingerprints. They have 30 days to do so at the nearest drop-off point.
  • IRCC has implemented specific biometrics gathering procedures due to the pandemic.

Changes of Situation During Processing

Candidates must notify IRCC if any of the following applies to them during the application process:

  • Birth or adoption of children.
  • Marriage or divorce.
  • Death of a dependant or an applicant.

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%.

In addition, for the 2020 tax year, applicants can count Employment Insurance (EI) benefits and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) towards their MNI.

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

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