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IRCC Will End Sponsorship Lottery and Accept 20,000 Parents and Grandparents Applications

August 2018, 21
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IRCC has decided to end the controversial random selection process for Parents and Grandparents Program  from 2019 onwards. It will also use the time based approach to invite all the sponsors for applying.

Moreover, it will also accept 20,000 fresh sponsorship applications in 2019 in the Parents and Grandparents Program.

The random selection process for PGP applications was condemned as being unjust. The Government of Canada said that the approach provided a level playing field and gave equal opportunity in selection for sponsoring the parents and grandparents. The proposed changes are in response to the concerns of users.

Moreover, the government listened to the feedback of stakeholders and made further changes to the intake process of application. It will help in streamlining the access to the program and also improve client experience.

Ahmed Hussen, Canadian Immigration Minister, said that the changes are proof of the commitment of the Government to help the families to live, and work together, in the country.

Less backlog permits increased quota

In 2011, the inventory of PGP applications was 167,000 but in June 2018, it declined to 26,000.  This reduction permitted the government in increasing the intake quota for 2019.

The present quota for 2018 is 17000 and IRCC has also announced a second invitation at the end of July to invite applications. The deadline is October 5, 2018, for submitting the application.

The persons who are interested in sponsoring their parents and grandparents next year need to complete an Interest to Sponsor form. It is online, and they can file the applications at the beginning of the year.

Such an increase in cap is really good news for the sponsors. The action of the government deserves praise and it is time for all the interested persons to make use of it and enjoy wholesome life in the presence of family seniors. We at MoreVisas are eager to help the aspirants in this matter.

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