Canada Immigration's Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) announced the names of the selected 10,000 applicants who can apply to sponsor their parents or grandparents as Canada permanent residents in April, 2017. IRCC did not receive 10,000 complete applications by August 4, 2017, and a second round of emails is being sent starting September 6, 2017, to invite additional potential sponsors to submit an application. Potential sponsors will have until December 8, 2017, to submit their complete sponsorship applications to IRCC. This round of invitations is only for potential sponsors who submitted the PGP ‘Interest to Sponsor’ form, but who have not yet been invited to apply.
Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah said:
This second round of PGP applications was anticipated, based on the low rate of applications submitted by June of this year. Many people have expressed frustrations by what they see as bureaucratic obstacles to reuniting their family. When programs like the IRCC parent and grandparent visa lottery system fail our clients, we look for innovative, pro-active solutions for various challenges that may arise throughout the immigration process.
In 2017 IRCC changed the PGP application process, doubling the number of parental sponsorship applications from 5,000 to 10,000; sponsor income and eligibility requirements did not change. Individuals who have a child or grandchild in Canada, and who wish to spend an extended period of time with their families in Canada, also have the option to apply for the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa.
95,000 families applied to the PGP at the beginning of 2017, knowing 10,000 names would be selected and invited to apply. IRCC has not said as of June 2017, only 700 applications had been submitted, with some of them incomplete. Canada Immigration's new parent and grandparent visa lottery has resulted in a backlog of immigration applicants and many frustrated families.
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Evelyn Ackah is a Canada immigration law expert and founder and managing lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. Immigration law is becoming more complex and challenging every day. Immigration applications can be refused due to minor oversights and omissions that can delay or negatively impact your business or your family reunifications plans. By not using a lawyer you can be putting your business and your family at risk. If you have questions about Canada Immigration's Parent and Grandparent Program, contact Ackah Law for assistance: