Changes to the process for the Parent and Grandparent Program


Reuniting Canadian citizens and permanent residents with their parents and grandparents helps strengthen Canada’s social and cultural fabric.

On December 14, 2016, the Government announced changes to how applications will be accepted for the Parent and Grandparent Program in 2017. These changes will give the same chance to all individuals interested in applying to sponsor their parents or grandparents. The new process will also eliminate the January rush of sponsors submitting the full application package by courier or mail in order to meet the limit of 10,000 new applications accepted.

Under the new process this year, those wanting to bring their parents or grandparents to Canada will have 30 days to fill out an online form to indicate their interest. The form will be available on the IRCC website from January 3 to February 2, 2017.

After February 2, 2017, IRCC will randomly choose 10,000 individuals from those who submitted a form, and invite them to submit a complete application package using the updated application kit and guide. The 2017 application kit and guide will be available on IRCC’s website on January 9, 2017. Individuals can review it to get ready to apply if they are among those who are randomly chosen.

In recent years, IRCC has limited the number of applications it accepts under the Parent and Grandparent Program in an effort to manage the program and keep the backlog from growing.

The Government plans to admit 20,000 permanent residents through the Parent and Grandparent Program in 2017.