Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has now finished sending invitations to apply for the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program. All interested potential sponsors who were randomly selected to apply for the 2020 program have been sent invitations.
For the 2020 year, IRCC will accept up to 10,000 applications. Those who received invitations to apply must submit their complete applications to IRCC within 60 days. The deadline for when we need to receive your application is clearly marked on your invitation.
If you successfully submitted an interest to sponsor form but did not receive an invitation in your email inbox, please check your junk mail and make sure you’re checking the email address you provided on your interest to sponsor form to see if you were randomly selected to submit an application.
The government understands how disappointing it can be for those who are not randomly selected to sponsor their family members under the Parents and Grandparents Program. Due to the continued popularity of the program, the number of people interested in sponsoring their parents and grandparents always exceeds the number of applications we can accept. If you submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2020 but were not selected to apply, you’ll have another opportunity to show your interest when the 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program opens.
For the 2021 program, IRCC will conduct a new interest to sponsor form intake process and accept a maximum of 30,000 new applications. Information and timelines for the 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program will be posted on IRCC’s website as soon as they’re available.
Those interested in bringing their parents or grandparents to Canada can also consider a parent and grandparent super visa, which allows them to stay in Canada for up to 2 years at a time.