IRCC finally held the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program lottery
On January 5, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that it has finally held the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) lottery. Beginning today, IRCC started to send invitations to apply (ITA) to the registered candidates. IRCC will keep sending invitations for the next few days. Prospective sponsors could register from October 13 to November 3, 2020. Despite the approximately 100,000 Canadian citizens and permanent residents wishing to sponsor their parents, only about 10,000 will be allowed to do so this year. Once candidates get the ITA, they will have 60 days to submit the full package of documents. Due to COVID-19, IRCC may allow a 90-day extension for certain candidates. Sponsors will have to submit their financial information for 2018, 2019, and 2020. The income requirements for 2020 have been reduced to the minimum necessary income only. Those who will not get their 2020 Notice of Assessment from CRA, will be allowed to submit at a later time.