JANUARY 28, 2019-THE DATE THE NEW PROCEDURE FOR SPONSORING PARENTS IS TO BE LAUNCHED!
On January 11, 2019, IRCC (Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada) posted the rules that will govern this procedure that will allow 20,000 Canadians (permanent residents and citizens) to sponsor their parents and grandparents. Basically, unlike the previous intake process, in 2019 the Government will provide a first-in-first-served approach, but will maintain the on-line registration of the candidates’ interest to sponsor forms.
Please click on the link below to read the details:
Since the last year more than 80 thousand potential sponsors could not file their applications because they didn’t win the lottery, it is expected that all of them and perhaps many more will rush to file on-line their interest to sponsor forms immediately after noon, on January 28, 2019. We still don’t have any indication as to how will IRCC prevent the system from crashing, and, more importantly, how is it going to establish the order in which those forms have been filed when almost 100,000 candidates have clicked “submit” in the very same moment.
SOON TO COME: IRCC INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE 2019 PARENTAL SPONSORSHIP PROCEDURE
As we have already indicated a couple of months ago, the Trudeau government announced in August that it would be dropping a contentious lottery system in favour of quotas, and admit up to 20,500 parents and grandparents in 2019, selected on the basis of the order they registered their on-line declarations of intention.
For the last few years the critical moment when the potential Canadian sponsors were expected to act in order to be included in the IRCC annual quotas, was the first working day of January. It is understandable then why everybody grew more and more frustrated seeing that the end of 2018 was closing and IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada ) gave no sign of posting the new instructions.
Finally, a spokesperson for IRCC said the department issued a social media post on the last day of 2018 saying that applications would be accepted again soon; this is how the tweet in question looks:
IRCCVerified account @CitImmCanada 31 Dec 2018
“We understand there is much excitement about the re-opening of the Parents and Grandparents Program. Please be advised that the program will be opening in late January, not on the 2nd, but rest assured we will give you advance notice before it opens.”
We encourage you to keep watching our site for news to be posted in the very near future.