Source: CIC News
Canadian citizens and permanent residents will soon be able to apply to sponsor their parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada.
Canada’s immigration department says that it will accept interest to sponsor forms for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) between 12:00 p.m. EDT on October 13 and 12:00 p.m. EDT on November 3. These are not applications for the PGP itself, but rather, are an opportunity for people to express their interest in sponsoring their family members for Canadian immigration.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will then randomly select potential sponsors and send them an invitation to submit an application. Selected applicants will have up to 60 days to submit their completed sponsorship application.
IRCC will accept a maximum of 10,000 applications in 2020. It will open a new intake of interest to sponsor process in 2021 to accept a total of 30,000 new applications.
IRCC is also introducing a temporary public policy that will reduce the income requirement for the 2020 tax year to the minimum necessary income, rather than the minimum necessary income plus 30 per cent. This is to accommodate those who have been negatively affected financially by the coronavirus pandemic.
Registration opening was supposed to take place earlier this year, but was delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
IRCC aimed to welcome 21,000 new immigrants through the parents and grandparents program this year, as per the departments immigration levels targets. The targets were announced just days before Canada imposed coronavirus travel restrictions in March. Since then, Canada’s immigration levels have fallen significantly.