Parents and Grandparents Program in Canada will open to interested sponsors in early 2019
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has closed its Parents and Grandparents Sponsor Program for Canadian citizens and permanent residents for 2018. The Federal Government in December 2016 decided to change the process for acceptance of an Application to Sponsor a Parent or Grand Parent from a first come first serve basis to a lottery approach. This year the online submission form to show interest closed at noon EST on February 1, 2018
In 2017 more than 90,000 applications were submitted for the lottery. However, a reported 90% of the submitted applications did not meet the financial requirements and had to be rejected. This failure to qualify meant that several invitations had issued to meet the target quota of 10,000 accepted parental and grandparent sponsorship for 2017. Early in 2017 and due to the demand for parental and grandparent sponsorships IRCC decided to increase the quota to 17,000.
On August 20, 2018 the Minister of Immigration, Refugees the Hon. Ahmed Hussein made the following announcement:
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, we 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.
This process allows selected Canadian citizens and permanent residents over the age of 18 to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada as Canadian permanent residents.
All interested sponsors are asked to first review the eligibility requirements qualify for the program, including its income requirements. dian or permanent resident;
-be sponsoring a member of the family Class;
-live in Canada;
-sign an undertaking promising to provide for the basic requirements of the person being sponsored;
-sign an agreement with the person you are sponsoring that confirms that each of you understands your mutual obligations and responsibilities;
-prove that you have sufficient income to provide the basic requirements for your family members in Canada as well as the persons included in your sponsorship undertaking. You may also have a co-signer.
-are in receipt of social assistance for a reason other than disability,
-are in default of an undertaking, an immigration loan, a performance bond, or family support payments, .
-are an undischarged bankrupt,
-were convicted of an offence of a sexual nature, a violent criminal offence, an offence against a relative that results in bodily harm or an attempt or threat to commit any such offences—depending on circumstances such as the nature of the offence,