IRCC to accept a record number of applications for the 2021 Parents and Grandparents Program

Date Announced:

July 20, 2021

Active Period:

September 20, 2021 until October 4th, 2021 .


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will invite a record number of people to apply under the 2021 intake of the Program. IRCC will accept up to 30,000 additional applications, giving more Canadians and permanent residents than ever before the opportunity to bring their loved ones to Canada.

Using the same random selection process as used in previous years, IRCC will send invitations to potential sponsors who have already submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2020. This will give additional interested sponsors the opportunity to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada. Invitations to apply will be sent over the course of 2 weeks, starting the week of September 20, 2021.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Family class (reunification)


Parents and Grandparents Program

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