Recently, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) confirmed the completion of the Parents and Grandparents Lottery that took place between September 23 and October. A total of 30,000 invitations for permanent residency were issued for this year’s lottery.
How Does the Parents and Grandparents Lottery 2021 Work?
The IRCC issued a limited number of invitations through a randomized process to the applicants to the Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program. Before the pandemic, the IRCC had planned on inviting 20,000 applicants in 2020 and another 20,000 in 2021. However, due to pandemic-related disruptions, 10,000 invitations remained unissued last year.
To make use of those invitations, the IRCC selected 30,000 applicants to apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Only those who submitted their applications between October and November 2020 were considered for the lottery.
What’s the Next Step If You Have Received an Invitation Through the Parents and Grandparents Lottery 2021?
If you have received an invitation through the lottery, then you’ll have 60 days to submit a completed application. The IRCC revealed that they received over 200,000 applications for the lottery between October and November 2020. Meaning that every applicant had a roughly 1-in-5 chance of receiving an ITA for the lottery.