On Friday, January 11th, 2019, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that the new and improved intake process for sponsorship of parents and grandparents will launch on January 28, 2019. After some complaints in previous years, the IRCC has overhauled the program for 2019. This program is intended as a family reunification program which gives Canadians and permanent residents the opportunity to have their parents and grandparents come to Canada to live permanently.
Among the key highlights of the program for 2019 is that it will be on a first-in-first-served basis. This means that getting your applicant in as early as possible will be very important, because only 20,000 applications will be accepted. Once that cap is reached, no more applications will be accepted for 2019. Invitations will be sent out to selected sponsors who will have 60 calendar days to submit a complete application for sponsorship.
Interested sponsors are therefore advised to submit an interest to sponsor form as soon as it becomes available online. In 2018, more than 90 thousand interest to sponsor forms were submitted. It is likely that the quota for 2019 will be met very quickly, so preparation ahead of time is very important to maximize your chance of being selected. The interest to sponsor form will open at noon EST on January 28, 2019. The form will remain available only until enough submissions have been received.
To be eligible to sponsor your parents or grandparents to come to Canada permanently, you must meet the following criteria: