On December 14th 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced significant changes to the process of submitting an application to sponsor a parent or grandparent. Previously, applicants rushed to submit their applications by courier on the day the program opened. The first 10,000 applications received were accepted for processing. Under the changes announced today, the program will operate on a lottery basis rather than a first come first serve basis. Starting January 3rd 2017, applicants will fill out an online form indicating interest in the program. Applicants will have 30 days to complete and submit the online form. IRCC will then randomly select 10,000 applicants who have completed the online expression of interest, and invite them to submit an application to the program.

The parental sponsorship program is a very popular program, receiving a high volume of applications each year.  Changing the process from a first come first serve system to a lottery will ensure that applicants who are not able to courier their application on the first day the program opens will still have a chance to apply. However, these changes will also create greater uncertainty as applicants no longer have any way to guarantee that their application will be selected. Applicants not selected in 2017 are advised by IRCC wait until the 2018 program opens and submit a new expression of interest, at which point they will again be subject to the lottery system.

Applicants not invited to apply for parental sponsorship in 2017 should be aware that there may be other options available to bring their parent or grandparent to Canada on a temporary basis, such as the parent or grandparent super visa program.


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Annie Caplan

Devika and John were excellent. They understood how this process would change my life and helped me get to the US. John was extremely kind and thorough. When my employer in the US ended up trying to take advantage of me, they helped me transfer my visa to a new employer and had so much empathy for my situation and now I have a job in California that makes me so happy while helping others. I am beyond grateful for their kindness and service. I will be using them for any changes to my status going forward.

Suresh Bhoopathy

I wish to express my sincere appreciation with the services we received from your law firm. Borders Law Firm provided us with an amazing, valuable resource and experience. I have worked with couple of law firms in the past but the experience with your firm was professional and personal. Frankly speaking, Devika and Phing were available whenever I needed legal help and crisp / precise with the entire process. I have nothing but good things to say about our experience with your firm. Thanks a ton for the best services and continue your great service. Suresh Bhoopathy

Arjun Vegesna

Absolutely delighted with John from this firm with the way he counselled with suitable options available for me on migration to Canada, documentation submissions, query resolutions, visa processing and continued personal support and follow up until the last step. Would recommend this firm for anybody blindly looking for immigration help. They would guide you with complete transparency and professionalism.

Neha K

Borders Law firm - Devika OMG where do I start from.... so I got her number from my CA who I have been getting my taxes filed from last ten years. I was not sure what will happen to my mom's files becuase I had already tried four times before and everytime there was something or the other that happened and my application was not accepted... Devika has been my good luck, an angel in my life and a miracle believe it or not. I wish I could give you the details about why it was so so so important for my mom to get this immigration but unfortunately I can't share my personal details but I can tell you all one thing, that Devika and her team not only helped me with my mom's immigration case but also helped me with her super visa extension and all other obstacles we faced. I had no idea that my file can get approved so fast. Today I feel like my dream of having my mom here permanently came true all because of Devika.She is very knowledgeable, super patient, went out of her way to do, spent extra hours assisting me and completing this file. Always understood and heard my issues, with patience. I don't know how many times I cried with her and she always gave me hope and strength to be patient and wait for the approval. Honestly I am very impressed how she adds human touch to her immigration cases and treats the families with so much love and always been very professional as well. Devika is the best, she has an awesome awesome team. I can go on and on and on about her. I always suggest my friends her name and tell them about her services.It feels so good when I give her number to people in need of a good immigration lawyer, because in my heart I know that Devika will be able to help them with their immigration very well.She is the best Thank you Devika for being a great lawyer,a great human being and an angel in my life. Himanshi (Mansi)

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