IRCC announced today that the 2020 parent and grandparent sponsorship program will reopen on Tuesday, October 13, at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. At that time, sponsors will be able to submit an expression of interest but, unlike the 2019 program, this will not be a first-come, first-serve registration. On the contrary, registration for the 2020 program will remain open for three weeks, closing at 9:00 a.m. on November 3, 2020. That will give sponsors three full weeks to register an expression of interest to sponsor parents or grandparents in the 2020 program. After registration closes, IRCC will randomly draw the names of 10,000 sponsors and send each one an invitation to submit a full sponsorship application. On receiving an invitation, sponsors will have 60 days to submit the application.
Although the number of spots in the 2020 program has been reduced to 10,000, IRCC has committed to opening 30,000 spots during the 2021 program. IRCC has not released any details on whether the 2021 draw will be weighted to favour those sponsors who submitted an expression of interest in the 2020 program but were not selected. We will bring you more details on that as they become available.
We would be happy to assist you with the submission of an expression of interest. We will be contacting people this week who have previously asked us to assist them with the 2020 program. However, please feel free to reach out to us anytime, whether or not we have previously been in touch about the program.