Parents Sponsorship: 20,000 applications will accepted in 2019
On Monday, the federal government announced it will admit up to 20,500 parents and grandparents under its reunification program in 2019, and 21,000 in 2020.
To reach those targets, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada will accept 20,000 parent and grandparent reunification applications next year, up from 17,000 this year and 10,000 in 2016.
Interested applicants will still have to fill out an interest to sponsor form online in the new year, but "instead of randomly selecting the sponsors to apply, we will invite them to submit an application to sponsor their parents and grandparents based on the order in which we receive their interest to sponsor forms," reads a press release.
Last year, more than 95,000 filled out the online form. From that pool of applicants, just 10,000 potential sponsors were randomly selected and sent an email inviting them to submit an application.