July 31, 2018 - Lottery system issues new invitations for Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is sending out a second round of invitations to potential sponsors who submitted an "Interest to Sponsor" form (in early 2018), as an expression of interest for sponsorship of their parents or grandparents. The invitations will be sent out starting from today, and will continue over the following few days.

The first round of invitations to potential sponsors, took place in the week of March 19, 2018, had until May 25, 2018 to submit the completed application.

In 2017, IRCC made significant changes to the Parent and Grandparent sponsorship program, with the intention of streamlining the sponsorship process. Those interested in sponsoring a parent or grandparent are required to express their interest by filling in an online form confirming their interest to sponsor ("Interest to Sponsor form"), by the given deadline. These entries are put into a pool. IRCC conducts randomized draws from this pool, for the purpose of inviting 10,000 potential sponsors to submit the application for permanent residence, within 90 days.

In early 2018, interested potential sponsors were given 30 days to fill out and submit the form, letting IRCC know they wanted to sponsor their parents or grandparents to come to Canada. On February 1, 2018, when the form closed, IRCC reviewed the submissions, removed any duplicates and created a randomized list of interested potential sponsors. IRCC then selected a first round of potential sponsors from this list in March 2018. The second draw is now taking place. IRCC has not indicated how many sponsors will be invited at this time.

Read IRCC's news release here.

For questions about the current draw, or for assistance with preparing an application to sponsor your parent or grandparent, contact us today.