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Canada parental sponsorship - 2020

Canada parental sponsorship – 2020 Guidelines

On October 5, 2020 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced new details for the opening of the 2020 Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program. IRCC has now released further guidelines on how Canada parental sponsorship – 2020 intake process will work. A three-week window for the submission of an interest to sponsor forms will open at noon EDT on October 13, closing again at noon EST on November 3.

IRCC will accept up to 10,000 applications for the 2020 PGP and will open another intake period in 2021 for up to 30,000 applications.

IRCC will randomly select potential sponsors and invite them to submit an application. Sponsors who receive invitations will have 60 days to submit your completed sponsorship application.

See Step-by-step guidelines to sponsor your parents and grandparents.

How will Canada parental sponsorship – 2020 intake process work?

The following additional information was released by IRCC of October 7, 2020 regarding how Canada parental sponsorship – 2020 intake process will work.

Step 1: Potential sponsors indicate their interest

The interest to sponsor form will be available on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for 3 weeks, from 12 p.m. EDT on October 13, 2020, until 12 p.m. EST on November 3, 2020.

During this time, potential sponsors can submit an online interest to sponsor form to IRCC, indicating that they wish to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents. 

Alternative formats for the interest to sponsor form—such as a paper copy, Braille and large print—are available, upon request, to persons with disabilities. Contact the IRCC Client Support Centre at 1-888-242-2100 or by email until November 3, 2020.

For the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program, a random selection process will be used to ensure that the process is fair and transparent, and that all interested sponsors have an equal opportunity to submit an interest to sponsor form and an equal chance of being invited to apply.

Step 2: Invitations to apply are sent to potential sponsors

Once the interest to sponsor period ends on November 3, 2020, and the form has been removed from the website, IRCC will review all submissions, remove any duplicate entries and randomize the forms.

There will be 1 round of invitations to apply in 2020, with a maximum of 10,000 applications accepted for processing.

Invitations issued by IRCC are not transferable to another sponsor. 

Step 3: Applications are submitted

Potential sponsors who are invited to apply will be given 60 days to submit their complete application.

In the event of delays in providing documentation due to service disruptions caused by COVID-19, IRCC may grant a 90-day extension.