In 2017 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) introduced a new “lottery” system to select applicants to fill its quota of 10,000 applications. In 2017 more than 95,000 people registered with IRCC and while the 2018 numbers have not been released it will be at least the same if not more than last year.
If you are one of the lucky families that has been selected to submit a PGP sponsorship application you must act fast as applicants only have 60 days to submit a complete application.
- Check your email (including your spam folder) or use the confirmation number to look up if you were selected online
- Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria (refer to my previous articles available on the Salam Toronto website) and if there are any questions regarding your eligibility you should speak with an immigration lawyer immediately
- Gather all the required documents for yourself and your parents – whether you are applying for yourself or with the assistance of a representative, it is extremely important that your application is complete and meets all the requirements. I have unfortunately seen applications returned for missing a single check mark or photograph so it is imperative that you submit a complete application
While the key requirement for PGP sponsorship applications is the minimum necessary income you must show as the sponsor there are often complex questions that arise. In order to meet this income requirement, you can combine your income and that of a co-signer for the past three years. The co-signer can be your spouse or common-law partner. The co-signer must also be eligible to sponsor and co-sign the undertaking of support for the period of 20 years. What happens if the number of people in your family changes (you become married or a child) during the three years that you have to show income? What if you lose the support of your co-signer as part of the application? In these cases you should consult with an immigration lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that you are able to submit a successful application.
The amount of income you must have depends on the size of your family and the number of people you are sponsoring. For example, if you are a family of three sponsoring both your mother and father, you (along with a potential co-signer) need to show income of at least $65,377 in 2015 and $66,654 in 2016, and $67,400 in 2017. This amount varies based on the number of people in your family and those being sponsored. Your income over the three year period is verified based on proof of income from the Canada Revenue Agency.
Given the short period of time you have to submit your application you should try to submit your PGP application as soon as possible. If you were not lucky enough to receive an invitation do not give up and keep your confirmation number: last year not all the people who were selected in the first round submitted their applications and there was a second round announced in August 2017.