Canada has started Canada’s Parents and Grandparents 2023 lottery, selecting sponsors who submitted applications in 2020. If you want to know more about it, check out this blog.
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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be sending invitations to apply for 24,200 potential sponsors who are interested. The invite will be sent between October 10-23. The invites will be sent to potential sponsors who submitted applications in 2023 and are still waiting. The selection will be random, and the aim is to get 15,000 complete applications.
Keep your eyes on the email if you also submitted an interest to sponsor form back in 2020 and failed to get an invite to apply to the PGP in 2021 or 2022. Check your spam folder as well, in case the invitation from IRCC gets there instead.
PGP Eligibility Criteria
A crucial eligibility factor for the PGP is the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI). It is proof that a sponsor is financially capable of supporting the people they are bringing into the country through PGP.
Apart from Quebec, in every territory or province across Canada, the invited sponsors have to provide Notices of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for each of the three taxation years before applying.
If you are settled in Quebec and wish to sponsor your parents or grandparents, then your income will be assessed on the basis of provincial income requirements by Quebec’s immigration ministry. A signed undertaking from an interested sponsor is required from IRCC and the Quebec government.
The duration of an undertaking for a parent or grandparent is 20 years in every province except Quebec. The undertaking duration in Quebec is 10 years.
If you do not get an invite this year, then the other option is Super Visa.
Through Super Visa, Canadian citizens and permanent residents can bring their parents and grandparents into the country. It is a temporary visa that lets parents and grandparents visit the family in Canada for five consecutive years without renewing their visitor status.
With a Super Visa, you can come to Canada multiple times for 10 years and can apply for an extension to be allowed to stay as a visitor for up to 7 years in the country.
The biggest perk of the Super Visa is that it is offered all year to those who are eligible, and it also doesn’t have a lottery system. To be considered eligible, you must:
- Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident’s parent or grandparent
- Not be prohibited from entering Canada due to criminality or health
- Give the proof that they are able to meet income requirements given by the Low-Income Cut-Off (LICO)
- Give proof of medical insurance coverage for a minimum of one year from an insurance company in Canada
- Give a letter signed by their child or grandchild inviting them to Canada
Also, ensure to include a promise of financial support for the length of the visit and the list and number of people in the household of this person.
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