Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) stated recently that they will get rid of the randomized selection process for the Parents and Grandparents Program (“PGP”) in 2019 and utilize a first-come, first-served approach to inviting interested sponsors to apply. IRCC announced that they will be accepting up to 20,000 applications for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents in 2019. This is four times the number of applications accepted when the program reopened in 2014, when the cap was set at 5000 applications.
IRCC’s decision to increase the number of applications is a result of the high demand for the PGP program. They have significantly reduced the inventory of applications which has dropped from a peak of 167,000 people in 2011 to just under 26,000 people in Jun 2018. These changes will streamline access to the PGP program and improve client experience and provide for more flexibility in the application process.
Eligible potential sponsors can let IRCC know they wish to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada by submitting the Interest to Sponsor forms which will be available online in 2019. The difference will be that instead of randomly selecting the sponsors to apply, they will invite them to submit an application to sponsor their parents or grandparents based on the order they receive their Interest to Sponsor forms which will continue until the cap of 20,000 completed applications.
Should you be considering becoming sponsors for your parents or grandparents it would be the optimal time to commence the application process and get in touch with our law firm to see how we can assist you further with your immigration matters.