Family Reunification to Launch Late January

As a team of immigration consultants in Vancouver, Racer Immigration has some excellent news for those trying to reunite their families in Canada. The Government of Canada has announced that the parents and grandparents sponsorship program will reopen in late January 2019.

The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP), allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor family members for Canadian permanent residence.

Up to 20,000 applications will be processed through the PGP in 2019. Invitations will be issued to the first 20,000 sponsors who submit an Interest to Sponsor form and meet the program’s requirements. This first-come, first-served approach replaces the randomized lottery process that IRCC introduced last year, which many criticized as unfair to those who had been waiting for years to sponsor their family members.

The decision to revert to a first-come, first-served approach was a result of “listening to stakeholders and clients” according to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and will hopefully streamline access to the program as well as improve client experience.

“Using this modified intake process will give the government more flexibility in the application process, ensuring that we receive as many applications as possible,” the IRCC said.

As a Canada Immigration Consultant, Racer Immigration is happy to advise those who wish to help their family members join them in Canada. Contact Racer Immigration at (778) 688-4848 to learn more, or visit