Results of Canadian Parent and Grandparent Draw Will Be Released This Week
After creating a lot of controversy and backlog, Canadian government went ahead and restarted the Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program on January 2, 2018. Applicants were told to send their applications from January 2 to February 1, 2018. This week the lottery was conducted, and Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has started sending emails to lottery winners until March 23, 2018, and will announce the official number by March 30, 2018.
After receiving a notification, the applicant has 60 days to reply to it and start the required procedure, following which their parents or grandparents, whoever is nominated will be able to come live with the applicant in Canada. After the federal government hosted its first Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program lottery, the officials said Canada might not host one anytime soon because it received 100,000 applications, whereas the target was of only 10,000 applications. Canada had earlier not mentioned how many people can apply for the draw and the low number of invitations sent drew a lot of criticism. However, they did conduct another draw in September 2017, for which not many applications were received.
And in December 2017, the Canadian government announced that it will host another draw at the beginning of 2018 but only if they receive 10,000 applications. The draw was a lot more streamlined this year around as IRCC added multiple questions to check out people who didn’t meet the requirements but still applied.
Requirements for the sponsorship program
To be able to bring your parents or grandparents to Canada, the applicant must show income more than the Canadian minimum salary for 3 consecutive years. You need to get an official confirmation letter from the Canada Revenue Agency as income proof. Sign an agreement stating that you would look after the sponsored for up to 20 years.
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