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2020 PGP sponsors lottery

Canada concludes 2020 Parents & Grandparents sponsors lottery

On January 5, 2021 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) concluded the 2020 Parents & Grandparents sponsors lottery (2020 PGP sponsors lottery), and began to process up to 10,000 applications as part of its 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) intake. IRCC opened the PGP 2020 expression of interest window to potential sponsors between October 13 and November 3, 2020 and the lottery was set to take place by the end of 2020, but was delayed due to the global coronavirus pandemic, among other reasons.

Between October 13 and November 3, 2020 Canadian citizens and permanent residents were to indicate their desire to sponsor their parents and grandparents to obtain permanent resident status by submitting to IRCC their interest to sponsor forms on the IRCC website. IRCC then removed duplicate submissions and randomly selected potential sponsors to invite them to apply. See Canada parental sponsorship – 2020 Guidelines.

In the announcement of January 5, 2020 IRCC encouraged those who had submitted interest to sponsor forms to check their email accounts regularly throughout the week.

Those who receive invitations to apply in the 2020 PGP sponsors lottery must submit their complete applications within 60 days. The deadline to apply will be clearly marked on the invitation. In the event of delays in providing documentation due to service disruptions caused by COVID-19, IRCC may grant a 90-day extension upon submission of satisfactory evidence.

Eligibility for PGP sponsorship

Before you apply, find out how much money you need to sponsor your parents and grandparents. You’ll have to prove you have this income in your application. Given that many sponsors may have been financially impacted by the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, IRCC has introduced a temporary public policy that reduces the income requirement for the 2020 tax year to the minimum necessary income, instead of the minimum necessary income plus 30%.

For detail eligibility requirements see Canada Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program. In summary you can sponsor your own parents and grandparents if:

  • you’re at least 18 years old
  • you live in Canada
  • you’re a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
  • you have enough money to support the persons you want to sponsor
    • To show that you have enough, you’ll have to provide your proof of income.
  • you sign a sponsorship undertaking agreement under which sponsors and co-signers must repay any social assistance paid to their sponsored relatives. The length of the undertaking is 20 years for sponsors and co-signers living outside of Quebec, and 10 years for sponsors living in Quebec.

2021 PGP sponsors lottery

The 2021 PGP will be three times bigger than the 2020 PGP intake, as IRCC has said it will accept up to 30,000 applications. IRCC will announce details on the 2021 PGP in the first half of the New Year. It will use the lottery system as in 2020, providing sponsors with a window to indicate their interest to sponsor on IRCC’s website, and thereafter holding a lottery.

Information and timelines on the 2021 PGP will be posted as soon as they’re available.

In the meantime, individuals interested in bringing their parents or grandparents to Canada can also consider a parent and grandparent super visa, which allows them to enter and stay in Canada for up to 2 years at a time.