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Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Acting Like a Lottery?

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"Canada carried out a lottery-style draw for the Parent and Grandparents Sponsorship program in 2020. Disclaimer: We’re not saying that it’s an actual immigration lottery, just that the selection method changed.The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) selected 10,000 applicants at random for permanent residency through the sponsorship program.The lottery-style program was selected after much controversy over the fairness of the last format."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  Apr 13, 2021
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Canada carried out a lottery-style draw for the Parent and Grandparents Sponsorship program in 2020. Disclaimer: We’re not saying that it’s an actual immigration lottery, just that the selection method changed.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) selected 10,000 applicants at random for permanent residency through the sponsorship program.

The lottery-style program was selected after much controversy over the fairness of the previous format.

In 2019, the Parent and Grandparents Sponsorship applicants were selected on a first-come-first-serve basis. However, the fairness of the format was disputed as applicants claimed that the process favored applicants with better internet access and computer ability.

IRCC will accept up to 40,000 new applicants through this sponsorship in 2021. The original plan to issue 40,000 Invitations to Apply (ITA) through 2020-2021 was delayed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

What are the Income Requirement Changes for Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship?

To be eligible for the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship, the sponsor must meet the minimum income level requirement and agree to financially support their parents or grandparents.

The federal government also eased the minimum income level requirement in October 2020 since many potential applicants were affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Currently, sponsors are required to meet the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI); as opposed to the previous requirement of 30% over the MNI.

With regards to the financial undertaking agreement, sponsors are required to pay back any social assistance used by their sponsored parent or grandparent.

The financial undertaking agreement is signed for 20 years except in Quebec, where it is signed for 10 years.

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