The Government of Canada has begun to invite applications for the popular Parents and Grandparents Program, which allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents over the age of 18 to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents for Canadian permanent residence.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has a target of 20,000 complete applications for 2019.
IRCC states that based on first-in, first -served approach, invitations are being issued in the same order that Interest to Sponsor forms were received during the submission period held on January 28.
The first round of invitations was held on April 24 and IRCC said that it will take a few days to send all potential sponsors their invitations on their email address that was mentioned on the Interest to Sponsor form.
Interested sponsors who receive an invitation from IRCC are required to submit a complete sponsorship application within 60 days from the date of their invitation.
They must submit two complete applications — the application to become a sponsor and the application from their parents or grandparents for Canadian permanent residence.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said it must receive both applications at the same time.
Under the government of Canada’s multi-year immigration plan, around 20,500 new immigrants will be admitted to Canada as permanent residents through the Parent and Grandparent Program in 2019. This figure might include applications submitted prior to 2019.
If required, the Government of Canada may conduct other invitation rounds to meet its 2019 target of 20,000 complete applications.