Canada to scrap PGP lottery and enhance allocation to 20,000 in 2019


Canada will scrap the lottery system for the Parents and Grandparents Program in 2019 and enhance the allocation to 20,000. This has been revealed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in a press release. IRCC added that it will revert to first served for the first arrived system to invite applications from interested sponsors.

The allocation for the PGP program has also been enhanced by IRCC to 20,000 for the year 2019. The transition to the random process for selection in 2017 for accepting PGP applications was widely criticized as unjust. Petitions were also filed opposing the lottery system saying that family reunification was left to the mercy of chance.

IRCC said that the PGP program was closely analyzed and feedback from stakeholders was also considered. The Canadian Government is thus modifying the intake process for accepting applications. It is aimed at streamlining the program access and enhancing the client experience, added IRCC.

The inventory of applications for PGP stood at 26,000 in June 2018 said IRCC, as quoted by the CIC News. This was a decrease from the peak in 2011 at 167,000. The decline has permitted the Government to enhance the allocation for the program to 20,000 in 2019, it added.

The original applications cap for 2018 was set at 10,000 by the IRCC in January this year. It was enhanced to 17,000 in July 2018. IRCC also announced the 2nd round of invitation at the end of July to meet the enhanced quota. The invited applicants will have to submit the complete applications by 5 October 2018, said IRCC.

The interested sponsors for sponsoring their Grandparents and Parents in 2019 will have to follow the required procedure. They need to complete the online form for Interest to Sponsor at the beginning of 2019, said IRCC.

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