2020 Parents and Grandparents Program Back to Random Selection

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Want to sponsor your parents or grandparents to come to Canada? Good news for those who’ve been waiting for the 2020 intake of Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program.

“Our government strongly believes in the importance of keeping families together—particularly during difficult times. The Parents and Grandparents Program is a dedicated pathway to reuniting more families in Canada.”

– The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

The Minister has announced details for the opening of the 2020 Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program:

From 12 p.m. EDT on October 13, 2020, to 12 p.m. EST on November 3, 2020, Canadians and permanent residents who wish to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada can submit an interest to sponsor form online. Learn more about the interest to sponsor form here: https://settlementcalgary.com/2020/10/14/pgp-2020-interest-to-sponsor-form-now-open/

To ensure an equal opportunity for applicants, IRCC will go back to the random selection model this year for the PGP program. Potential sponsors will be randomly selected and receive an invitation to submit the application within 60 days.

Here’s more good news. We all know that there’s an income requirement you need to meet to be a sponsor for the PGP program. Considering that many sponsors’ incomes may have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, IRCC is introducing a temporary public policy that will reduce the income requirement for the 2020 tax year to the minimum necessary income, instead of the minimum necessary income plus 30%.

A maximum of 10,000 applications will be accepted for processing as part of the 2020 PGP intake. In 2021, IRCC will open a new intake of interest to sponsor forms to accept a total of 30,000 new applications.

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More information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2020/10/government-of-canada-announces-details-for-opening-of-2020-parents-and-grandparents-program.html?fbclid=IwAR3GlunOD9AnQxZJvZlVgLu4vV4-wY1xsPLwvEpx21fHeR7kfcLKhb7TYTk