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Parent/Grandparents Sponsorship Program Re-Opens

Published: Feb 5, 2018

Parent/Grandparents Sponsorship Program Re-Opens


The parent and grandparent sponsorship program re-opened on January 2, 2018. The program, though, is like last year, a lottery. From January 2, 2018 to February 1, 2018 interested adult children sponsors will be allowed to submit an "Interest to Sponsor" form to Immigration online. Just as in 2017, at some point in 2018 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will go into the pool of applicants and will select an as yet unknown number of people who will be given permission to sponsor their parents. There is no guarantee that the sponsorship will succeed. All the sponsor will be given is permission to file a sponsorship application.


According to IRCC's webpage called "Check Application Processing Times" IRCC is still working on applications received in January, 2014.


We believe at Eisenberg & Young LLP that it is still possible to successfully apply for citizenship, temporary worker and permanent resident status in Canada despite these changes. We strongly recommend, given the complexity of the present and ever-changing immigration system, that you do not apply without first obtaining professional help with the application.


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