More Chances to Invite Your Parents / Grandparents to Canada
More Applications will be Invited Under Parent and Grandparent Program
More sponsors of foreign parents and grandparents will be invited to submit an application under the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP).
Potential sponsors who were not invited to apply in the first round, which took place in April, now have a second chance of being invited to apply.
The upcoming invitation round will be restricted to potential sponsors who submitted an Expression of Interest through the PGP ‘Interest to Sponsor’ form in early 2017, but who have not yet been invited to apply. Invited sponsors will have to submit their application by December 8 in order for it to be accepted.
In April, 10,000 potential applicants were chosen at random from the pool of registrants. However, when the 90-day deadline to apply elapsed, IRCC had not received 10,000 complete applications. Therefore, in order to achieve its annual target, IRCC is conducting this second round of invitations. Individuals who were invited in the first round, but who did not submit an application by the August 4 deadline, will not be invited in the upcoming round, nor will individuals who did not submit a form in early 2017.
However, IRCC also confirmed that registration to enter the PGP ‘Interest to Sponsor’ pool of potential sponsors will reopen in early 2018, allowing more potential sponsors to plan on bringing their parent(s) or grandparent(s) to Canada as permanent residents. IRCC advises individuals who may be invited to check their email, including the ‘junk’ folder, next week while invitations are being issued. Only those who are invited will be contacted.