Recently, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Honourable Ahmed Hussen announced that the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) interest to sponsor form would be available to interested applicants on January 28th, 2019. We previously wrote about the IRCC’s announced plans to re-open the parent and grandparent program of the family class sponsorship this month.
Previously, the PGP functioned as a “lottery” in that those interested in sponsoring their parents/grandparents were selected randomly, with no preference given to those who submitted their applicants sooner than others. In 2019, the PGP intake process is slightly different. The new approach for 2019 is a first-in-first-served method. “This approach will further enhance the client experience by keeping the application process fair to all, while remaining easy-to-access electronic method for applicants.”
Interested applicants can submit an interest to sponsor form until the 2019 cap of 20,000 applications is reached. IRCC announced a few additional changes made to the forms and applications:
Potential sponsors must upload a copy of a status in Canada document;
IRCC has improved their ability to detect duplicate submissions and fraudulent activity;
Potential sponsors must ensure they are eligible before submitting an interest to sponsor form (e.g. meet the minimum income requirements).
The PGP Programs continues to be very popular, with continued high volumes in the interest to sponsor process. In 2018, after removing duplicates, we received 93,936 interest to sponsor forms.
Consistently high admissions levels for parents and grandparents over the last few years has allowed the government to eliminate the application backlog. The application inventory has dropped from a peak of 167,000 people in 2011, to just over 28,000 people in October 2018.
Once invited, potential sponsors will have 60 calendar days from the date of their invitation to ensure IRCC receives their complete application for sponsorship.