Recently, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada provided an update to the Parents and Grandparents Program. Included in this update was an announcement that invitations from the Parents and Grandparents Program would be issued from October 10, 2023 to October 23, 2023. A total of 24,200 invitations to apply have been sent to applicants who have applied as part of the program, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has indicated that they have a goal of accepting 15,000 complete applications in this most recent draw. The applicants who are invited to apply are selected from the pool at random.

What is the Parents and Grandparents Program?

The Parents and Grandparents Program (the “Program”) allows citizens and permanent residents of Canada to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada. In order for someone to sponsor their parents or grandparents under this program, they must be considered eligible to be a sponsor. If a sponsor is eligible, they can sponsor their own biological or adopted parents and grandparents to come to Canada.

Currently, the Parents and Grandparents Program is not accepting new applications, as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada are working through the backlog of applicants that has accrued largely as a result of immigration disruptions and changes made in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is anticipated that once the backlog has been reduced, it is possible that the Program will be opened to new applicants.

What to do After Receiving an Invitation to Apply

Applicants who have been selected to receive an invitation to apply would have received their invitations between October 10 and October 23, 2023. The invitation was sent via email to the selected applicants. It is important for applicants to remember which email they used to submit the application, and to check for the invitation email. If an applicant does not have access to the email they used to submit the application, they can check on the lost confirmation number page which was posted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada on October 23, 2023. It is recommended that applicants check their spam or junk folder to make sure that applicants do not miss the email, as some email filters could cause the email to be sorted to those inboxes.

The Government of Canada has issued instructions for people who have received an email with an invitation to apply. Those who receive an email issuing an invitation to apply must submit an online application with their parents or grandparents through the permanent residence portal. The email from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will contain a barcode that will match the one received when the interest to sponsor application was made. Further, a digital copy of the page must be attached to the application in the “Additional Supporting Documents” with a document name of “Other”.It is important to ensure the application is complete before it is submitted. Applicants should be sure to follow the instructions as listed, in order to confirm that they have included all of the information and documents required for a complete application.

Applicants need to make sure that the information in the sponsorship application matches the information on the interest to sponsor form that is submitted. All of the fees required for the application have to be paid online, and proof of payment of the fees must be included as part of a complete application. The fees currently are around $1,000, but they can vary based on the particular application. In many cases, biometrics are required, and if the biometrics fee is not paid with the rest of the application, the application could be delayed.

Financial Considerations for Application

Financial information disclosure for the sponsor is required for an application. Applicants can provide Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada with their Social Insurance Number and provide consent to allow them to receive tax information directly from the Canada Revenue Agency. Alternatively, for those who do not want to provide consent and their social insurance number, they can submit the Income Sources for the Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents along with their Notices of Assessment for the 2020, 2021, and 2022 tax years.

Notices of Assessment for the last three tax years are required because these are assessed in accordance with the Minimum Necessary Income requirement. The Minimum Necessary Income Requirement increases for every additional person being sponsored. There is an allowance in the number for the calculations for the years 2020 and 2021 as the Canadian Government recognizes that people may have been impacted financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The exact income requirements for each year can be found online.

Application Deadline

For those who have received an email with an invitation to apply, the prospect of preparing the application can seem daunting. However, there is ample time to prepare and make sure the application is complete, as it does not need to be submitted right away. Individuals who have received an invitation to apply must complete and submit their applications before 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on December 22, 2023, in order to be considered. Applications submitted after that date will not be considered.

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