The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently announced that they will conduct a lottery for the Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program. The lottery will be held during the week of September 2, 2021, where applicants will be nominated for permanent residence. Those selected will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA), which they must respond to within 60 days.
What Other Changes Have Been Made to the Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship?
Canada’s Immigration Minister, Marco Mendicino announced that the IRCC will invite 30,000 additional applicants who submitted their applications between October and November 2020, during last year’s application window. During this period, Canadian citizens and permanent residents who were interested in sponsoring their parents and grandparents for permanent residence in Canada submitted their applications.
In January 2021, the IRCC invited 10,000 applicants from this pool while also stating that it plans to invite an additional 30,000 later in the year from the same pool of applicants. Therefore, if you applied for the program in 2020, you still have hope of getting invited to apply for permanent residence.
What Is the Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program?
The Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents or grandparents for permanent residence in Canada. The sponsor will be required to meet Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) requirements to successfully sponsor their parents or grandparents.