Updates for 2018 Parent/Grandparent Sponsorship Program

The Parent and Grandparents sponsorship program re-opened for online expressions of interest from January 2 to February 1, 2018. On March 19, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) emailed out invitations to potential sponsors who were randomly selected to submit their sponsorship application.

Potential sponsors will have 60 days from the date of their invitation to submit a complete application.

Some key points to note:

  • Individuals who submitted the online form are urged to check their email inbox and junk mail, or to look up their unique confirmation number using IRCC's list of selected numbers here.  
  • Invitations are not transferrable; you cannot use an invitation to sponsor another parent/grandparent who was not listed in the initial online form.
  • It is vital to ensure that you provide proof of meeting eligibility criteria and that your application is submitted without any mistakes to avoid refused/rejected applications and thereby having to start again and re-enter the pool of interested sponsors.

Interested individuals who did not receive an invitation letter should continue to monitor their email for news on further draws. If IRCC does not receive 10,000 complete applications, additional potential sponsors will be invited to apply later in the year.

To speak with one of our lawyers to discuss your case, contact us at (416) 548-9101 or by email at inquiries@lmlawgroup.com.

Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program to Re-Open in 2018

The Minister of Immigration has announced that the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship program will be re-opening in 2018. Similar to the new process introduced for 2017, potential sponsors will be required to first express their interest in sponsoring by submitting the online “Interest to Sponsor” form. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will then randomly select 10,000 potential sponsors and invite them to submit a sponsorship application within 90 days of selection.

Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who would like to sponsor their parents or grandparents will be able to submit the online Interest to Sponsor form from 12pm EST on January 2 to 12pm EST on February 1, 2018.

To help ensure that only eligible sponsors submit an Interest to Sponsor form, IRCC has added additional questions to the 2018 form to assess the eligibility of potential sponsors.

To determine if you meet the qualifications to sponsor your parents or grandparents under this program, contact us at (416) 548-9101 or at inquiries@lmlawgroup.com to book a consultation.