September 5, 2017 -  It was announced that Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), will invite more potential sponsors of parents and grandparents to submit an application under the Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents Program. Invitations will be sent to potential sponsors beginning on September 6, 2017. This is the second round of invitations to take place this year. Potential sponsors who were not invited to apply in the first round, now have a second chance of being invited to apply.

The upcoming invitation round is restricted to potential sponsors who submitted an 'Interest to Sponsor' form in January 2017, but who have not yet been invited to apply. These potential sponsors will have until December 8, 2017, to submit their complete sponsorship applications to IRCC. If sponsors received an email invitation to apply for sponsorship, and the application was not received by December 8, 2017, the applications will not be part of the 2017 intake.

Individuals who were invited in the first round, but who did not submit an application by the August 4 deadline, will not be invited in the upcoming round, nor will individuals who did not submit an 'Interest to Sponsor' form in early 2017. However, IRCC also confirmed that registration to enter the 'Interest to Sponsor' pool of potential sponsors will reopen in early 2018, allowing more potential sponsors to plan on bringing their parent(s) or grandparent(s) to Canada as permanent residents.

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