IRCC has held its first immigration lottery for Parents & Grandparents Program for 2020
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has held its Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 2020 immigration lottery. While the institution looked to hold the lottery in December 2020, it delayed it because of the global coronavirus pandemic. Now, Canada has drawn thousands of names, and these people will have up to 30 days to apply, but could even apply later as the institution will grant extensions.
The IRCC will therefore gradually invite sponsors over the next 10 days to apply through the PGP. This program was to start in 2020, but because of restrictions and disruptions, it never did. Between October and November, Canadian citizens and permanent residents had the opportunity to sponsor their parents and grandparents.
In order for a citizen or permanent resident to sponsor a relative, these eligibility criteria apply:
- The sponsor must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Must meet the Minimum Necessary Income Level
- Also, must sign a sponsorship undertaking agreement, where the sponsor agrees to repay any social assistance paid to the sponsored relative.
The IRCC hopes to welcome over 30000 applications in PGP 2021, over three times the amount of applications received in 2020. To sum up, this is yet another instance of Canada providing strong support towards the integration of immigrant families. The PGP can become a key to a more inclusive future Canada. Through the PGP, cultural diversity is not only recognised, but encouraged and promoted at the national level.