More families to reunite in Canada
To help reunite even more parents and grandparents with their families in Canada, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), announced that the Government of Canada will accept up to 20,000 applications for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents, in 2019. This is 4 times the number of applications accepted when the program reopened in 2014, when the cap was set at 5000 applications.
Deadline to submit a complete application: October 5th
After increasing the 2018 cap to 17 000 complete applications, IRCC sent a second round invitations to a random selected potential sponsors who submitted an Interest to Sponsor form in early 2018. Those invited to the second round have until October 5, 2018, to submit a complete application.
Using this modified intake process will give the government more flexibility in the application process, ensuring that we receive as many applications as possible.
Online: Interest to Sponsor Form
In 2019, as in previous years, the Interest to Sponsor form will be available online, at the beginning of the year, so eligible potential sponsors can let IRCC know they wish to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada. However, instead of randomly selecting the sponsors to apply, the government will invite them to submit an application to sponsor their parents and grandparents based on the order in which we receive their Interest to Sponsor forms. This process will continue until we reach the 2019 cap of 20 000 complete applications.
“Over the last few years, we have made substantial improvements to the parents and grandparents sponsorship process and eliminated the backlog of applications. Now, by accepting even more applications this year and next as well as enhancing the intake system, the Government of Canada is demonstrating its commitment to helping families live, work and thrive together, in Canada.”
Hussen also announced that the government is making further changes to the application intake process that will streamline access to the program and improve client experience.
Further details of these improvements to the system will be announced this fall.
Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada