Parent Sponsorship Draw 2020
The Parental Sponsorship draw for 2020 has been re-opened, and accepting invitations from 12pm on October 13, 2020 to 12pm on November 3, 2020
IRCC has changed the program format (yet again), to a lottery system, from the first come first served model that was in place in 2019.
Individuals will have 3 weeks to submit an Interest to Sponsor form and enter the draw. After November 3rd, IRCC will randomly select 10,000 individuals and issue an invitation to apply to individuals to sponsor their parents or grandparents. Based on past years, IRCC will issue draw results 2 to 3 months after the draw closes.
*IRCC has made a temporary public policy change with respect to the income requirement for 2020; instead of LICO + 30%, the MNI requirement for the 2020 year specifically, is just LICO (and not grossed up by 30%). This has been done in the spirit of recognizing that many individuals were affected financially by business closures and layoffs due to COVID-19. For income calculation for 2020 specifically, IRCC will also allow Employment Insurance to be counted as part of an individual's income.
IRCC will also have another draw in 2021, and will issue 30,000 invitations (3 times the usual amount). Timing of the draw for 2021 has yet to be announced.
To be eligible to sponsor:
You must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
You must be 18 years of age or older
You must meet or exceed the minimum necessary income (MNI) requirement for Family Sponsorship
You must sign an undertaking agreement that commits you to provide financial support for your sponsored parents or grandparents and repay any provincial social assistance benefits paid to the sponsored family members for 20 years.
If the sponsor lives in Quebec, an additional undertaking agreement must be signed
Sponsors must provide three Notices of Assessment from the CRA to IRCC to prove that they meet the minimum necessary income requirement.
If you do not qualify for Parental PR sponsorship because you do not meet the MNI for the 3 year period, you can apply for a Super Visa as the income required is only for 1 year and it is about 30% lower. Read more about Super Visa.
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