More opportunities to be created in Canada for parents and grandparent visas

by Ray Clancy on September 13, 2018

Canada has pledged to increase the number of visas available for parents and grandparents wishing to move to the country to live with their families.

A cap of 5,000 was set but now that is to be increased fourfold to 20,000 applications for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents visa programme in 2019.

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(By Becky Stares/

The 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 and the fact that the system has sped up, reducing the waiting time.

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 5 October 2018, to submit a complete application.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen also announced that, as a result of listening to stakeholders, the Government is making further changes to the application intake process that will streamline access to the programme and improve the client experience.

He explained that 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 randomly selecting the sponsors to apply, they will be invited to submit an application to sponsor parents and grandparents based on the order in which the department receive their Interest to Sponsor forms. This process will continue until the 2019 cap of 20,000 complete applications is reached.

‘Over the last few years, we have made substantial improvements to the parents and grandparents sponsorship process and eliminated the backlog of applications,’ said Hussen.

‘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,’ he added.

IRCC will accept for processing 17,000 applications for sponsorship of parents and grandparents, in 2018, and 20,000 applications, in 2019.

In 2018 the Government plans to admit 20,000 parents and grandparents in its immigration levels plan, then admission levels will increase to 20,500 in 2019 and 21,000, in 2020.

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