Gov­ern­ment of Canada to im­prove ap­pli­ca­tion in­take sys­tem and ac­cept more spon­sor­ship ap­pli­ca­tions for par­ents and grand­par­ents

The Miracle - - IMMIGRATION - By: Mathieu Gen­est Min­is­ter’s Of­fice IRCC

Au­gust 20, 2018 – Sur­rey, BC – To help re­unite even more par­ents and grand­par­ents with their fam­i­lies in Canada, to­day, the Hon­ourable Ahmed Hussen, Min­is­ter of Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugees and Cit­i­zen­ship, 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. This de­ci­sion to in­crease the num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions that Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugees and Cit­i­zen­ship Canada (IRCC) will ac­cept for pro­cess­ing is a re­sult of con­tin­u­ally high de­mand in the Par­ents and Grand­par­ents (PGP) Pro­gram and the fact that we have sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced the in­ven­tory of ap­pli­ca­tions. The in­ven­tory has dropped from a peak of 167 000 peo­ple, in 2011, to just un­der 26 000 peo­ple, in June 2018. Af­ter in­creas­ing the 2018 cap to 17 000 com­plete ap­pli­ca­tions, IRCC sent a sec­ond round of in­vi­ta­tions to ran­domly 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. Min­is­ter Hussen also an­nounced that, as a re­sult of lis­ten­ing to stake­hold­ers and closely ex­am­in­ing the PGP Pro­gram, the gov­ern­ment is mak­ing fur­ther changes to the ap­pli­ca­tion in­take process that will stream­line ac­cess to the pro­gram and im­prove client ex­pe­ri­ence. Us­ing this mod­i­fied in­take process will give the gov­ern­ment more flex­i­bil­ity in the ap­pli­ca­tion process, en­sur­ing that we re­ceive as many ap­pli­ca­tions as pos­si­ble. 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 ran- domly 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. Fur­ther de­tails of these im­prove­ments to the sys­tem will be an­nounced this fall. Quote “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.” – The Hon­ourable Ahmed Hussen, Min­is­ter of Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugees and Cit­i­zen­ship Quick facts •IRCC will ac­cept for pro­cess­ing 17 000 ap­pli­ca­tions for spon­sor­ship of par­ents and grand­par­ents, in 2018, and 20 000 ap­pli­ca­tions, in 2019. •The num­ber of par­ents and grand­par­ents to be ad­mit­ted to Canada in the com­ing years are as fol­lows: *In 2018, the gov­ern­ment plans to ad­mit 20 000 par­ents and grand­par­ents in its im­mi­gra­tion lev­els plan. *Par­ents and grand­par­ents ad­mis­sion lev­els will in­crease to 20 500, in 2019, and 21 000, in 2020.

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