Improvements to Parent/Grandparent Sponsorship Program - MSK | Immigration Lawyers

​Improvements to Parent/Grandparent Sponsorship Program

Aug 22, 2018

Parents Grandparents Sponsorship

On August 20, 2018 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that it would increase the 2018 cap for parents and grandparents from 5,000 to 17,000 applications for the 2018 calendar year. A second round of invitations was sent out on July 31, 2018 to give effect to this increase. Those who have received an invitation to apply must submit their completed applications by October 5, 2018.

IRCC also set the cap for 2019 at 20,000 applications for parents and grandparents.

In 2019, the intake process will be improved by eliminating the lottery system and processing eligible applicants in the order that the Interest to Sponsor forms have been received by IRCC.

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and would like to sponsor a parent or grandparent from outside of Canada, or if you have already been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for the 2018 cohort, please give us a call.