For all Canadian citizens and permanent residents looking to sponsor a parent or grandparent in 2018, the month of January is an important time to act.
The first step in the application process requires an online “Interest to Sponsor” form to be submitted. Form submissions open noon EST on January 2, 2018 and close a month later on February 1. Following that, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will invite potential sponsors to apply using a random selection process.
For 2018, IRCC aims to receive 10,000 complete applications.
“Helping more people reunite with their parents and grandparents in Canada demonstrates the government’s commitment to keeping families together, leading to successful integration and stronger ties to Canada” said Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
This new process of application was implemented in 2017 by IRCC to make the process fairer and more transparent for applicants.
It’s important that only those who qualify as eligible sponsors express their interest, in order to allow as many eligible sponsors as possible to bring their family members to Canada.
To find out if you could be an eligible sponsor, refer to this guide.