The Government of Canada has finally released to open the parent’s and grandparents’ sponsorship application for the year 2020, delayed previously due to COVID-19. They are going back to the old lottery system for application intake for this year.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who wish to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada will now have an opportunity to send an ‘Interest to Sponsor’ form beginning October 13, 2020, 12 p.m. EDT until November 3, 2020, 12 p.m. EST. Candidates will have 3 weeks’ time to submit their interest forms.
In order to ensure a fair, transparent, and equal opportunity for applicants, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will randomly select potential sponsors and send them an invitation to submit an application. Selected applicants will have 60 days to submit their application.
Also, Given that many sponsors may have been financially impacted by the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, IRCC is introducing a temporary public policy that will reduce the income requirement for the 2020 tax year to the minimum necessary income, instead of the minimum necessary income plus 30%.
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