On December 22, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced the reopening of the Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program in 2018.
In 2017, IRCC introduced updates to the application intake process for the Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program. Under this new process, individuals who want to sponsor their parents and grandparents to reside in Canada have to first complete an “Interest to Sponsor” form and join a pool of applicants from which they may be randomly selected.
Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister responsible for IRCC, announced that the “Interest to Sponsor” form will once again be available at noon EST on January 2, 2018, until noon EST on February 1, 2018.
Those who wish to be eligible to apply to sponsor their parents and grandparents in 2018 must complete the online form as a preliminary step in the application process. In an effort to ensure efficiency, additional questions have been added to the 2018 version of the “Interest to Sponsor” form to help potential sponsors more accurately determine whether they are eligible to sponsor.
The Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program should help keep families together, enable a more successful integration, and to assist in building stronger ties in Canada.
For more information on sponsorship applications under the Parent and Grandparent Program, or any other immigration related matter, please contact a member of our team at PwC Law LLP.