The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is going to conduct a further invitation round to invite more applicants to submit an application for the sponsorship of parents to immigrate to Canada through the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP). The conduction of a second draw may occur in the coming months.
In January 2017, IRCC changed the terms of submission of applications for the Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program. An Interest to Sponsor form was introduced, allowing individuals to indicate their interest in sponsoring their parents and grandparents, and enter for a chance to be randomly selected to apply.
Individuals who submitted a form online between January 3 and February 2 entered a pool of candidates. On April 25, IRCC announced it had randomly selected 10,000 potential sponsors from this pool of approximately 95,000 individuals, and invited them to submit a sponsorship application. Invited individuals have 90 days from the receipt of the invitation to submit a complete application.
The IRCC confirmed that as of Thursday June 8, only 700 applications had been received from invited possible sponsors, of which 15 percent were incomplete.
If the department does not receive the 10,000 new applications, additional persons from the existing list will be invited to apply.
Previously, IRCC had clarified that those individuals who did not receive an invitation on the first occasion would have the option to indicate their interest in applying again in 2018. However, these individuals may now have renewed hope as IRCC has stated it will invite more sponsors from the existing pool of those who had already submitted an Interest to Sponsor form between January 3 and February 2, if it is determined that further places are available for the 2017 target.