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Canada tweaks sponsorship program for parents and grandparents

Canada is committed to a fair and transparent immigration system. Family reunification is a key immigration commitment and changes made to the Parent and Grandparent Program will improve access to the application process, given that the number of applications accepted for intake is limited.

In order to give the same chance to all Canadians who are interested in applying to sponsor their parents or grandparents, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) heard former applicants and has made changes to how people can apply to this program.

In recent years, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada limited the number of parent and grandparent applications it would accept, in order to manage intake and interest in the program, and keep the number of applications from growing.

For 2017, rather than the January rush to submit applications by courier or mail, according to changes announced by IRCC, those wanting to bring their parents or grandparents to Canada had 30 days to fill out an online form to indicate their interest. IRCC will randomly choose 10,000 individuals from those who filled out the form, and those people will be invited to send in their complete application package. The online form became available starting January 3, 2017. Sponsors had 30 days to submit the form.

Under current rules, Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to apply as sponsors must first complete an online form on the IRCC website to let the Department know they are interested in applying to sponsor their parents or grandparents.

The form will ask for the individual’s first name, family name, date of birth, country of birth, main home address, postal code and email address. Once the information is successfully submitted through the online form, the individual will get a confirmation number. They should keep this number for their records. They will need to submit only one online form, as duplicate entries will be removed. Completing the form will not mean a person has applied to sponsor under the program. At the end of the 30 days, IRCC will remove the duplicates, randomly choose 10 000 people and ask them to complete the full application. IRCC will let everyone who completed an online form know whether they were chosen or not. Only those who were randomly chosen will be invited to apply to the Parent and Grandparent Program. Those who were invited to apply will have 90 days to submit their complete application to IRCC. Interested sponsors who are not selected will be able to indicate their interest to apply again in 2018.

Posted: Jan 31, 2017

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