Guide to the New Intake Process for Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship to Canada

I am one of the many Canadian immigrants who have been trying to bring my parents to Canada as permanent resident. I first submitted my sponsorship immigration in 2011 (if my memory serves me right), up to this date, my application has not moved forward, I still remained to be a sponsorship applicant.

I am one of the happiest when it was announced in August that Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) would scrap the lottery system in favour of quotas and confirmed that Canada will take up to20,000 parents and grandparents in 2019.

True to their Social media post on the lastday of 2018, on January 11, 2019, Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship has announced the launch of the 2019 Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program. The improved intake process will be a first-in-first-served approach and will further enhance the applicant’s experience by keeping the application process fair for all and will still remain to be an easy-to-access electronic method for applicants.

The sponsorship application intakewill run for a limited time, then, IRCC will invite potential sponsors to submit a complete application, in the ordertheir submissions were received, the 20,000 cap for 2019 complete applicationsis reached.

IRCC has published news releasesand backgrounders regarding the new parent and grandparent sponsorship newintake process Theseinclude a requirement for potential sponsors to upload a copy of a status inCanada document when submitting their interest to sponsor form. The interest tosponsor form has also been enhanced as it has now included features that willhelp IRCC detect duplicate submissions and potential fraud.

Here’s how the new process will work:


To express their interest to sponsor their parents or grandparents, applicants will need to complete the onlineinterest to sponsor form. The form willbe made available on IRCC’s website once theapplication intake opens on January 28, 2019 and will be up in the websiteuntil IRCC receive a specific number of complete interest to sponsor forms. The enhanced version of the interest to sponsor form will require applicants to upload a copy of a status in Canada document. This requirement has been added to help IRCC detect duplication and possible fraud within the system.


After meeting a certain (27,000) number of applications received, the form will be removed from IRCC’s website. All interest to sponsor applications received will be reviewed and duplicates will be removed. Invites to submit a complete application to sponsor their parents and grandparents will then be sent to potential sponsors inthe order we received their interest to sponsor forms until the 20,000 cap for 2019 is reached.


Potential sponsors whoreceived Invitation to Sponsor will have 60 calendar days to complete theirapplication and submit the application to IRCC.

Other applicants who submit their Interest toSponsor forms and receive a confirmation number, but do not receive aninvitation to apply in 2019 will be retained by IRCC for consideration in 2020.

EligibilityRequirements to Sponsor a Parent or Grandparent

You are eligible to sponsor your own parents and grandparents if:

  • you’re at least 18 years old
  • you live in Canada
  • you’re a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
  • you can provide your proof of income demonstrating that you have enough money to support the persons you want to sponsor


Source: (January 11, 2019)



The interest to sponsor form will be available on IRCC website at noon EST on January 28, 2019. IRCC will accept form submissions on a first-in basis, as soon as they received enough submissions, the form will no longer be available.

  • You, the person who wants to sponsor, must fill out the form
  • If you have your information ready, it should take you about 10 minutes. It is recommended to use a desktop computer.
  • If you make a mistake on your interest to sponsor form, don’t submit another form.
  • Don’t submit the interest to sponsor form if you’re not eligible to become a sponsor.
  • Don’t submit the interest to sponsor form more than once.

Important Notes:

  • Visit IRCCHelp Center page if you need to fix a mistake in your interest to sponsor form
  • If you’re invited to apply and your application has been refused because you’re not eligible, your application fees will not be refunded.
  • Submitting duplicate entries will not increase your chances to be invited to apply, IRCC will remove duplicate entries.
  • The information you provide in the Interest to Sponsor form must be the same as what you’ll put on your application, if you’re invited to submit a complete application.



Start preparing the documents and information you need in submitting your interest to apply. The person who wants to sponsor their parents and grandparents must provide this information on the interest to sponsor form:

  • potential sponsor’s family name(s) (also known as last name, surname) and given name(s) (also known as first name) – name provided must be exactly as it is written on the proof of status in Canada document you’ll submit.
  • potential sponsor’s date of birth
  • the country or territory where the potential sponsor was born
  • potential sponsor’s complete primary residential address in Canada
  • potential sponsor’s email address that he/she wants IRCC to use to communicate with you
  • the potential sponsor’s number of family members in his family unit
  • the total number of persons to be sponsored, including their dependants (spouse, partner and children)
  • names of the parents and grandparents to be sponsored
  • date of birth of the parents and grandparents to be sponsored
  • potential sponsor proof of status in Canada document number
  • potential sponsor electronic signature (sponsors must type their name)


The potential sponsor will need to submit (upload) an electronic copy of his/her proof of status in Canada together with his/her interest to sponsor form. The maximum file sizeis 2.5 MB. IRCC will only receive file formats in:

  • PDF (PortableDocument)
  • JPG, TIFF, or PNG(image)
  • DOC or DOCX (MicrosoftWord document)

IRCC will accept expire document, the potential sponsor will need not to worry about renewing his status in Canada document. However, if invited to submit the sponsorship application, the same status document submitted with the interest to sponsor form must be used.

The potential sponsor can submit one of thefollowing proof of status documents:

  • permanent resident card (both sides)
  • record of landing (IMM 1000) (only if you didn’t get a PR Card)
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688)
  • Canadian Citizenship Certificate or card (both sides)
  • Canadian birth certificate (If born in Quebec, IRCC will only accept a birth certificate from the Directeur de l’État civil)
  • Canadian passport (pages showing passport number, date of issue and expiration, photo, name, surname, place and date of birth)
  • Secure certificate of Indian status

Only 1 file can be submitted with the interest to sponsor form. If you have to submit both sides of your status in Canada document, save both sides into 1 document.

There you go… I hope I was able to help you understand the new intake process for parents and grandparents’sponsorships through this post. If you need further information, it is still best to consult the IRCC website. I will continue to share with you more information about this in my future posts.

Good luck to potential parents/grandparents’ sponsors like us!


New and improved intake process for sponsorship of parents and grandparents tolaunch on January 28, 2019, retrievedJanuary 11, 2019

How will the new parents and grandparents sponsorship process work?, retrieved January 11, 2019

Sponsor your parents and grandparents: Submit the interest to sponsor form, retrieved January 11, 2019


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