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New Canada Grandparents Lottery Creates Backlog and Frustrations

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New Canada Grandparents Lottery Creates Backlog and Frustrations

Immigration Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents

Canada Immigration's new parent and grandparent visa lottery has resulted in a backlog of immigration applicants and many frustrated families. The new PGP lottery was announced in December 2016, and the online application system from January 3 - February 2, 2017 had over 95,000 applicants: with only 10,000 approved slots. According to an IRCC representative, by mid-June only 700 of those approved applicants have actually submitted to sponsor a parent or grandparent to move to Canada, and of those 15% were incomplete.

“Extended family reunification is at the core of Canada’s immigration system”, says Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah. “People move here believing in Canada family values, and are frustrated by bureaucratic obstacles to reunite their family. We work with families to help them understand the parent and grandparent visa eligibility requirements, to complete the application and documentation, and to address financial and other barriers that can delay visa approval. 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.”

Learn more here: Canada’s Parent and Grandparent Visa Lottery: Is It Working?

IRCC Super Visa

Families who were not selected in the PGP lottery can apply for Canada’s super visa. The parent and grandparent super visa is a temporary resident permit that allows parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to visit Canada for up to 2 years per visit, and visit multiple times over 10 years without renewing their status.

To apply for a parent and grandparent super visa IRCC requirements are that you must:

  • be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • be allowed to enter Canada
  • prove that your child or grandchild in Canada meets a minimum income threshold
  • provide a written statement from that child or grandchild that he or she will give you financial support
  • have valid Canadian medical insurance coverage for at least one year
  • have an immigration medical exam


Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

Founder/Managing Lawyer

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