The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will hold the Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program lottery beginning September 20, 2021. The lottery will nominate 30,000 applicants to the program over 2 weeks. Invited applicants will have 60 days to submit their completed application for permanent residence to the IRCC.
Earlier this year in July, Canadian Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced the details for the Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship lottery.
Who Will Be Invited in the Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Lottery for 2021?
Applicants who made their submission between October-November 2020 will be considered for this lottery.Through this time, Canadian permanent residents and citizens were allowed to submit a completed sponsorship application for their parents and grandparents online to the IRCC. Successful applicants under this program receive Canadian permanent residence and all the benefits that come with it, including universal healthcare and the eligibility to apply for Canadian citizenship eventually.
What Are the Eligibility Criteria for the Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship?
The Canadian citizen or permanent resident filing the sponsorship application for their parent or grandparent must be at least 18 years of age. They will be required to demonstrate sufficient funds to support themselves and their sponsors in Canada. This requirement is called the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI). Eligible sponsors must have enough average income to meet the MNI for the last 3 years. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) evaluates your income and issues a Notice of Assessment. You must submit this notice to the IRCC to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility criteria for the MNI.