It is that time of year again! The anxious wait for the IRCC’s Parent/ Grandparent Sponsorship Program to reopen.
This program has seen a number of changes over the last decade from being closed for many years to a random lottery system that did not quite seem to work out for many Sponsors.
The IRCC has recently announced that the program details of their Parent/ Grandparent Sponsorship Program will be released later this month, in January 2019.
What do we know?
Well, for the time being, even the IRCC Representatives only know what we know. That is, the lottery system is out! Many complained about it not being fair and discriminatory. Frankly, if the lottery system continued, some children or grandchildren would just have terrible luck and it could take years until they were selected.
For 2019, the IRCC will accept the first 20,000 individuals who submit an online Interest to Sponsor form. It will be a first come- first serve basis and then they will send the Sponsors a letter giving them a deadline to submit their complete application.
What should we do right now?
It’s time to get started. Don’t sit around and wait for you to be one of the first 20,000 Sponsors to be selected. Actually, start to meet with your immigration lawyer, draft the forms, collect the documents and have them ready so that there are no last-minute surprises.
Make sure you meet the minimum income eligibility! This is such a common mistake among sponsors and it can really cost you time and money if you are not careful.
Are you interested in sponsoring your parent or grandparent? Fill out our FREE assessment form on our website and we will send you an email about how we can help you.
By: Anisa Dattu