Jan 31, 2019 | Atwics Group |
Make Your Future Bright With Canada Skilled Immigration Canada's Parents and Grandparents sponsorship program reopened to expressions of interest on January 28, sparking fierce competition among aspiring sponsors. 01 The Interest to Sponsor form for the popular program was due to go live at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) accepting 27,000 submissions on a first-in, first-served basis. 02 Completing and submitting the form is the first step in the sponsorship process through IRCC's Parents and Grandparents Progra (PGP), which allows eligible Canadian citizens and permanent residents over the age of 18 to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents for immigration to Canada. 03 The form opened and closed again within minutes, sparking a torrent of comments on IRCC's social media channels from frustrated users who said they were either unable to access the form or were in the process of completing a form but could not because the intake ended. 04 Mathieu Genest, press secretary for Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, told CIC News that more than 100,000 individuals attempted to access the Interest to Sponsor form when it went live. 05 IRCC reached the submissions cap by 12:11 p.m., at which point it announced on its social media channels that the form submission period was over. Posts to IRCC's social media channels questioned a tweet from IRCC that was published just after 12 p.m. announcing the form "will be available momentarily. Thank you for your patience." IRCC's tweet, which was subsequently deleted, was followed moments later by the announcement that the Interest to Sponsor submission period was over. Many frustrated users some who said they have been trying to sponsor family through the PGP for years condemned the process as unfair. "This is not a concert ticket you are selling, this is about uniting families. The whole process is atrocious," wrote Twitter user Naimul Khan. Mohammad Keyhani called the expression of interest process "completely unfair and un-Canadian." A number tweeted at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to launch a review of IRCC's Interest to Sponsor process. Expression of interest process gets panned IRCC resumed a first-in approach to accepting expressions of interest and issuing invitations to apply to the PGP after facing widespread criticism for its move to a randomized lottery-style approach to invitations last year, which many also said was unfair. IRCC said the randomized approach would level the playing field and give everyone the opportunity to be selected to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents, but critics said it left family reunification to chance. When it announced last summer that it would adopt a first-in approach to the PGP in 2019, IRCC said it was a result of "listening to stakeholders and closely examining the PGP." IRCC said the changes to the application intake process for 2019 "will streamline access to the program and improve client experience." Genest told CIC News that "client service will remain at the centre of all our programs" and said the current Liberal government has quadrupled the intake of applications for the PGP to 20,000 from 5,000 under the previous Conservative government. "Making sure families can be reunited with their loved ones is a pillar of our immigration policy," Genest said. First-in replaced controversial randomized approach In order to apply for a Super Visa, a parent or grandparent must: Have a signed letter from a child or grandchild who invites them to Canada that includes: A promise of financial support for the duration of their visit The list and number of people in the household of this person A copy of this person's Canadian citizenship or permanent resident document Have medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company that is: Valid for at least one year from the date of entry At least $100,000 for minimum coverage Have proof that the medical insurance has been paid (quotes aren't accepted) They must also: Be allowed to enter Canada Take an immigration medical exam Super Visa Eligibility Criteria Original Content: Click Here Thank you
This program is open to immigrants with skills that are in demand in the economy and who are also assessed to have the ability to integrate themselves in the country. A new program, Express Entry (implemented starting January 2015), assesses applicants based on an online profile they complete, putting them into a pool and inviting top candidates to apply for permanent resident status.