Parent Sponsorship 2020
Parental Draw for 2020: Postponed until further notice
IRCC has postponed the Parental Sponsorship draw until further notice (likely April 2020). As to why IRCC waited until December 31st (two days before the sponsorship draw historically opens), is just yet another example of the mishandling of the Parental Sponsorship program. Perhaps the lawsuit IRCC received in 2019 provided some encouragement to make further improvements to the program.
IRCC changed the program in 2017 to a draw format and invitation to apply model. Many individuals have been upset with this change, prompting 70 individuals filing a law suit and later settling the case and issue invitations to apply.
The main problem since 2017 has not been the format of the program, rather permitting individuals who do not meet the required income (MNI) to enter the draw. This has been the main issue the last 4 years. Many individuals are questioning why IRCC has not recognized this issue and fix the problem.
Everyone has to stay tuned until IRCC provides an update as to when the draw will re-open. Individuals are encouraged to follow IRCC on Facebook and Twitter to receive timely updates.
In the meantime, please review the eligibility requirements to sponsor below.
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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