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IRCC sent out the invitations to sponsor parents and grandparents. What to do now?

Update: Today, October 6, 2021, IRCC finished sending Invitations to Apply to potential sponsors.
If you received an Invitation to Apply, you have 60 days to submit your PGP application in the Permanent Residence online application portal. However, if you were not invited to apply for PGP, your parents or grandparents may want to apply for a super visa, which would let them visit for up to 2 years at a time, with multiple entries, over a 10 year period.

IRCC is now sending out invitations to apply to selected candidates under the Parental Sponsorship 2021 program.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) encourages potential sponsors to check the email account that they provided on the form. IRCC will be sending the invitations to apply via mail so make sure to also check your spam folder. Most of the time, the email’s subject looks like this:

“Parents and Grandparents Program Invitation / L’invitation à présenter une demande dans le cadre du Programme des parents et des grands-parents – CPCM / CTDM”.

Sponsors and applicants who receive an invitation will have only 60 days to submit a completed application including supporting documents. For example, income tax records, civil status documents, and other material information. Applicants must submit this application using IRCC’s new Permanent Residence Portal.

If you receive an application it is important that you act quickly. We can help! 

How to submit your PGP 2021 application

IRCC’s guide outlines the following steps to help you prepare and submit your application:

1. Gather documents: IRCC provides a document checklist.

2. Complete the application

3. Pay the fees

4. Check your application to avoid common mistakes

5. Submit the application

Relevant information

Invited Candidates who are unable to apply online

If you are unable to apply online for accessibility reasons, you can request a paper version of the application package by sending IRCC an email by October 21, 2021. Of course, you can find more details and instructions on the How to Apply web page.

Candidates who lost their confirmation or have a different email address

If you lost your confirmation number, or you are now using a different email address from the one indicated on the form, you can use the Lost My Confirmation Number tool. But, please be aware that this tool will only be available once IRCC has sent out all invitations to apply.

Candidates who do not receive an invitation

If you were not invited to apply you can consider applying for a super visa. This visa allows parents and grandparents to visit Canada for up to 2 years at a time. In addition, a super visa allows multiple entries for up to 10 years. Of course, if your family is visiting Canada, they should have adequate health insurance, given the ongoing pandemic.

About the 2020 tax year

For the 2020 tax year, the income requirement will continue to be the minimum necessary income, instead of the minimum plus 30%. Further, this will allow regular Employment Insurance benefits and temporary COVID-19 benefits to be counted towards the income requirement.

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Our Parental sponsorship 2021 covers all the basics you need to know about this program. Our CEO and Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), Al Parsai, also recorded a video for you.

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