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Canada will now accept 17,000 applications under Parents and Grandparents Program in 2018 IRCC says increasing annual cap by 7,000 'will best support immigration goals'

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The Government of Canada is increasing the number of applications that it will accept for processing this year under its parents and grandparents sponsorship program, from 10,000 to 17,000.

The update was issued Thursday via Ministerial Instruction from Canada’s Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen.

The news follows an announcement by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) earlier this week that it would resume inviting potential sponsors who had previously submitted an Interest to Sponsor form during that last Interest to Sponsor period between January 2 and February 1, 2018.

The instructions issued today state that increasing the number of applications processed this year to 17,000 “will best support the attainment of the immigration goals established by the Government of Canada by seeing families reunited in Canada.”

The additional invitations will be issued using the same randomized selection process that IRCC employed to issue its earlier invitations this year.

Sponsors who receive an invitation to apply will have 60 days from the date they received their invitation to submit a complete application.

IRCC’s Parents and Grandparents Program is one of Canada’s Family Class sponsorship initiatives and allows successful applicants to apply for permanent residence for their parents and / or grandparents.

Who’s eligible?

In order to be eligible to sponsor one’s parents and grandparents to become a permanent resident, applicants must be:

  • At least 18 years old; and
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

If you sponsor your parents and grandparents to come to Canada as a permanent resident, you must:

  • Support that person and their dependants financially
  • Meet the minimum necessary income level for this program by submitting notices of assessment issued by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) in support of their sponsorship.
  • Sponsors must also demonstrate they have met the minimum necessary income level for three consecutive years. If married or in a common-law relationship, the income of both persons can be included; and
  • The sponsor and the sponsored relative must sign a sponsorship agreement that commits the sponsor to provide financial support for the sponsored person for up to 20 years.

Potential sponsors who live in Quebec must also meet Quebec’s immigration sponsorship requirements after IRCC approves them as a sponsor.

Sponsors will have to prove that they meet the minimum income requirements by submitting notices of assessment issued by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) in support of their sponsorship and they must also demonstrate they have met the minimum necessary income level for three consecutive years.

If you receive or have received an invitation to apply to the Parents and Grandparents Program, you may email us at pgp@canadavisa.com to learn about the next steps regarding your application.

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6 thoughts on “Canada will now accept 17,000 applications under Parents and Grandparents Program in 2018 IRCC says increasing annual cap by 7,000 'will best support immigration goals'

  1. Whats in a name

    so you are ok for other PRs and Citizens to pay for your health care but not for their own parents? Interesting!

  2. Venuste Habiyambere

    Hi there,

    It is a great idea to increase the number of invitations in the Parents and Grandparents Program in 2018, but I have a hard time of understanding the urgency of it. Why would IRCC rush to increase the number of 2018 potential sponsors while it is very clear that the office is unable to handle the current work load? when you inquire about the Canada Immigration Processing Times, it shows that the office is currently processing applications received before November 4, 2011! that is right, for someone who applied to sponsor her/his grandma or mom in 2010 when she was 70 years old is still waiting! she is now almost 80, if not dead! The sponsor’s children who hoped to enjoy the great grandma or their grandma in they upbringing are now teenagers or they have let home to live on their own far away from home, the grandma who had 100% vision in 2010 now requires magnifier tools to recognize her daughter or son let alone grand children! Meanwhile, the sponsor has paid more than $1000 for this application and the families in Canada and in the applicant’s country have been living an “adjusted” life style to accommodate the change which is still hasn’t materialized after 10 years. This sounds like torture to me. The office should focus on cleaning up the current backlog of applications instead of creating a new pile of files that will actually not be looked after for another 5 years or more. The IRCC should focus on adequately staffing itself and ensure that the waiting time is reduced to 12 months or less otherwise it not worth the effort.

  3. Rufai Abayomi Oluwakayode

    This is great, but please can this be extended to one’s eldest brother (the eldest son of the family) who is now our father since the demise of our biological parents.

  4. Mrs. B. Huxley

    Accepting immigrant parents and grandparents, is going to add to the already stressed health system for seniors here in Canada.
    Government clerks/officials, live in a lofty tower, well and away from the frightening realty of existing Canadian senior citizens.
    Media programs, papers etc. Have documented the “horrors” of senior care homes here in Canada.
    I am so disappointed in Canada, and in particular the province of BC where I live.

    At 70, I am seriously looking to leaving this Country. I need to relax and be happy. It is no longer possible here in Canada. 4 generations, and I am now some kind of “enemy”.

  5. Jag Tierney

    My dad and Mom are in Canada from almost a decade now and trying to get permanent residency. I m a Canadian citizen. I am applying each year for my parents but not getting selected. My income way more than sufficient. It is so stressful for me that my parents are going through this. They pay taxes every year like all people do but doesn’t have other rights because they are not permanent. My parents are old now. I m 30. And I wanted to take them for a nice vacation outside Canada but so difficult because they are not permanent resident of Canada. New system is not working for us. I think government need to come up with a better plan so that people like me and parents like mine don’t suffer in this random picking game.

  6. Gearge

    What about the already applied application since 2016 and til now no answer or visa not issued yet while all requested documents has been sent and received??!!

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