The Government of Canada announces details for opening of the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program

A popular immigration program that allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents or grandparents to come back to Canada will be returning to the lottery system.

Federal Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced the relaunch of the parents and grandparent program on Monday, saying the program will open for applications on October 13.

The Parents and Grandparents program normally opens in January but has been delayed this year as officials are seeking to revamp the system after the first come first serve approach struggled due to growing demand.

Before that, a lottery system was in use but it led to widespread disappointment that people’s attempts to bring their families to Canada have essentially shrunk to a game of chance.

The launch of a new system for this year continued to be delayed due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and a decision was made to return to lottery to begin the program.

The government has said it will accept 10,000 applications this year, instead of normally receiving up to 20,000 applications but has committed to increasing it to 30,000 applications next year.

During a 3-week period, from 12 p.m. EDT on October 13, 2020, to 12 p.m. EST on November 3, 2020, Canadians and permanent residents want to sponsor their parents and grandparents Coming to Canada will have the opportunity to send an application online (an interest to sponsor) to tell your loved one.

To ensure a fair, transparent and equal opportunity for applicants, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will randomly select received applications and send them an invitation to submit a claim. . Selected candidates will have 60 days to apply.

Since many sponsors may have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, IRCC is introducing a temporary public policy that will reduce the income requirement for the 2020 tax year to the level of essential income. minimum, instead of the minimum required income plus 30%.

The 2020 launch of the Parents and Grandparents Program builds on government initiatives to prioritize approval of 49,000 family petition applications by December 31, 2020, as well as reported last week about the process for reuniting more families and approving humanitarian cases within current border restrictions.

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