Due to COVID-19, the launch of the 2020 PGP Program was delayed allowing the Government of Canada prioritize its efforts to contribute to the whole-of-government response to the global pandemic. The re-opening of the program kept being postponed from time to time.
On October 5, 2020, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Honorable Marco E. L. Mendicino announced details of Opening of Parents and Grandparents Program.
Canadians and permanent residents who wish to sponsor their parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada will have an opportunity to submit an interest to sponsor form online. Over a 3-week period, from 12 p.m. EDT on October 13, 2020, to 12 p.m. EST on November 3, 2020.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will randomly select potential sponsors and send them an invitation to submit an application to ensure a fair, transparent and equal opportunity is given to all applicants. Selected applicants will have 60 days to submit their application.
For Canada, ‘family’ is of utmost importance! The Canadian government knows how important it is for families to be together, particularly during difficult times! With the launch of this program, Canada intends to prioritize the approval of 49,000 family sponsorship applications by December 31, 2020, as well as announce a process to reunite more families and approve compassionate cases within the current border restrictions.
REDUCE FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS
Canada realizes, many sponsors may have been financially impacted by the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. IRCC is thus, 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%. This will benefit a lot more Canadians sponsor their loved ones.
TOTAL No. Of APPLICATIONS
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.
“Time” is of an essence!! Let’s hurry and APPLY NOW!