Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced today that they have increased the number of applications that will be accepted for processing under the Parent and Grandparent sponsorship program. Starting in 2019, the government will accept 20,000 applications!
The other big change will be the intake process. At present, this is a lottery system, whereby all interested sponsors enter the 'draw' at the beginning of each calendar year. From there, IRCC randomly selects sponsors. As a result, sponsors face the possibility of never being selected. This will change in 2019 when the government will revert back to a first-in, first-picked rule. It will be interesting to see how it will all work, with IRCC's system limitations and its ability to handle hundreds of thousands of sponsors all keen to be the first 20,000 to get their name in!
You can read the full release here.
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