Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s update’s its Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents for 2017

By Author: Admin | December 22, 2016

Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s update’s its Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents for 2017

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As the new year is approaching, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced on December 14, 2016:

“The Government is committed to a fair and transparent immigration system. Changes made to the Parent and Grandparent Program will improve access to the application process, given that the number of applications accepted for intake is limited. In order to give the same chance to all Canadians who are interested in applying to sponsor their parents or grandparents, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) heard former applicants and is making changes to improve how people can apply to this program.

Between January 3 and February 2, 2017, Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to apply as sponsors must first complete an online form on the IRCC website to let the Department know they are interested in applying to sponsor their parents or grandparents.

The online form will be available for 30 days, from noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) on January 3, 2017, to noon EST on February 2, 2017.

The form will ask for the individual’s first name, family name, date of birth, country of birth, main home address, postal code and email address. Once the information is successfully submitted through the online form, the individual will get a confirmation number. They should keep this number for their records. They will need to submit only one online form, as duplicate entries will be removed. Completing the form will not mean a person has applied to sponsor under the program.

At the end of the 30 days, IRCC will remove the duplicates, randomly choose 10 000 people and ask them to complete the full application. IRCC will let everyone who completed an online form know whether they were chosen or not. Only those who were randomly chosen will be invited to apply to the Parent and Grandparent Program.

Those who were invited to apply will have 90 days to submit their complete application to IRCC. The 2017 application kit and guide will be available on IRCC’s website on January 9, 2017.

Interested sponsors who are not selected will be able to indicate their interest to apply again in 2018.”

The updated parents and grandparent’s sponsorship program brings significant changes. Most notable is the fact that between January 3 and February 2, 2017, Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to apply as sponsors for their parents and grandparents must first complete an online form to let the Department know they are interested in applying to sponsor their parents or grandparents. CIC will then randomly select 10 000 applicants and invite them to apply for the Program.

Seeing that only 10 000 candidates will be selected for 2017 there is an alternative to the parents and grandparents sponsorship program if you wish for your parents and/or grandparents to come to Canada and that is an application for a Super Visa which will allow for parents and grandparents of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to remain in Canada for 2 years at a time without having to renew their status.

See who is eligible for the super visa.

If you would like to discuss parent and grandparent sponsorship program, super visas or any Canadian Immigration law matter, please contact the Chaudhary Law Office.

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