Immigration Update: Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program Opening Soon! (October 5, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. EDT)

During this unusual time, CILF is here to continue to support you with respect to all of your immigration needs. We are here to answer your questions and keep you informed. We will provide updates as soon as they are available. Our firm is well positioned to continue to focus on your immigration needs.

Great news for those wishing to sponsor their parents or grandparents! IRCC announced today that it will be accepting interest to sponsor forms from October 13, 2020 to November 3, 2020 through an online system. The 2020 intake was delayed this year due to COVID-19.

IRCC will conduct a lottery to determine who will receive invitations to submit a sponsorship application. Invited applicants will have 60 days to submit a complete application. Up to 10,000 applications will be accepted for processing under the 2020 program year.

Applicants are encouraged to ensure that they meet the eligibility requirements to sponsor before submitting the interest to sponsor form, as IRCC has announced a change to the eligibility requirements.

IRCC has also announced that it will accept up to 30,000 parent/grandparent sponsorship applications in 2021 using the same lottery method.

We recommend that anyone wishing to sponsor a parent or grandparent speak to one of our immigration lawyers to determine eligibility and obtain assistance with registering their interest with IRCC through the online system. Our lawyers can be reached by phone (416 368 1111) or via email:;;;;;;;;;

Please contact your lawyer at CILF for additional details or specific questions.