August 20, 2018. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced changes to the sponsorship program for parents and grandparents.
The government will also accept more parent and grandparent sponsorships in 2019. The current cap of 17,000 applications will be increased to 20,000 next year. In 2017 5,000 application in parent and Grandparent Immigration Program were accepted for processing.
Canadian government is scrapping an unpopular lottery system for reuniting immigrants with their parents and grandparents. The random selection process for sponsorship applications will be replaced with a first-come-first-served process.
The so-called lottery system for this program drew criticism when it was introduced last year after many potential sponsors said they felt it was unfair. Families looking to bring their parents or grandparents to Canada to help with children or for cultural or personal reasons were frustrated by the randomness of the lottery selection process and wanted a change.
Starting in 2019, potential sponsors will indicate their willingness to sponsor a parent or grandparent by filling out an ‘interest to sponsor’ form online. Instead of randomly selecting people from this list for sponsorship, as is the current policy, applications will instead be invited based on the order in which the ‘interest to sponsor’ forms are received until the 20,000 cap is reached.