The end for Parent and Grandparents lottery

On August 20th, 2018, IRCC informed that from January 2019, Parents and Grandparents sponsorship program would be revised (back) to the original the first-come, the first-served method.


Before 2017, IRCC used to accept up to 5,000 applications on parents and grandparents sponsorship stream each year. There was so much pressure for applicants to submit their package as soon as the program opens so their case would be among the first 5,000 chosen ones.

For 2017 and 2018, IRCC chose the lottery system for selecting the applications. The quota for accepted cases also increased to 1,000 cases per year. This method was very controversial because even ineligible applicants could enter into the draw. The result would be 10,000 lottery winners where most of their applications would become refused.

To fill the 10,000 quotas, IRCC had to draw several times each year to reach their application intake limits. That gave IRCC some slack time to reduce the outstanding cases from 167,000 applications in 2011 to 26,000 cases in June 2018.

Back to the old method

Now, with returning to the familiar line method, IRCC has increased the PGP quota to 20,000 application for 2019. Also, applicants must submit an “Interest to Sponsor” to IRCC, and then IRCC would invite them to send their package, based on their quota. To sponsor your family members you may visit here.


Although the details of this process are yet to be finalized, it is expected that IRCC publishes all the required information during the last months of 2018.

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