Immigration: parent and grandparent sponsorship program delayed
This year, the federal government is delaying its popular immigration program, which allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents or grandparents to come to Canada.
The Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program normally accepts applications in January, but will not do so as planned in January 2020. The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship says the government needs to more time to develop a new intake process.
This is the most recent attempt by the Liberal government to overhaul this very popular program which allows approximately 20,000 parents or grandparents to be admitted to Canada each year as part of family reunification.
Requests were once accepted on a “first come, first served” basis, but this system was abandoned when it was discovered that people were “cutting in line” by hiring messengers to ensure their forms went up. at the top of the stack. The Liberals then moved on to a draw system, which has been criticized for being too random. They then returned to a “first come, first served” system, but online: in 2019, all the places were sold out in a few minutes.
The Liberal government then promised to review the application process again, but it does not seem to have found a solution in time to reopen the program in January, as usual. On December 20, the new immigration minister, Marco Mendicino, instead ordered officials to postpone receipt of the applications. “The Minister intends to issue new directives concerning the admissions management process for the parents and grandparents program no later than April 1, 2020,” it said.
The ministry announced the delay on Monday on social media. “We encourage all potential sponsors and stakeholders to stay on top of the 2020 program by consulting the ministry’s website and social media.”