Only 10,000 and you have only 30 days to apply
Recently Canada introduced a significant change to application intake process for 2017 Parent and Grandparent Program
Between January 3rd and February 2nd, 2017, Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to apply as sponsors must first complete an online form on the IRCC website to express their interests in applying to sponsor their parents or grandparents.
The online form will be available for 30 days, from noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) on January 3, 2017, to noon EST on February 2, 2017.
What you need to do is to provide your personal data. Once the information is successfully submitted through the online form, you will receive a confirmation number that you should keep this number for your records. You will need to submit only one online form, as duplicate entries will be removed. You should understand that completing the form will not mean you have applied to sponsor under the program.
At the end of the 30 days, IRCC will remove the duplicates, randomly choose 10,000 people and ask them to complete the full application. IRCC will let everyone who completed an online form know whether they were chosen or not. Only those who were randomly chosen will be invited to apply to the Parent and Grandparent Program. Those who were invited to apply will have 90 days to submit their complete application to IRCC. The 2017 application kit and guide will be available on IRCC’s website on January 9, 2017. Interested sponsors who are not selected will be able to indicate their interest to apply again in 2018.
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