IRCC issuing new invitations to apply under Parents and Prandparents Program

IRCC now issuing new invitations to apply under Parents and Grandparents Program

IRCC now issuing new invitations to apply under Parents and Grandparents Program

IRCC now issuing new invitations to apply under Parents and Grandparents Program

IRCC now issuing new invitations to apply under Parents and Grandparents Program

Interested sponsors have 60 days from the date of invitation to submit complete applications

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada began sending out invitations this week to potential sponsors through its Parents and Grandparents Program.

In a March 19 update, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that potential sponsors have now been selected at random and have 60 days (from the date of invitation) to submit a complete application.

Last year, IRCC introduced new procedures for the Parents and Grandparents Program, or PGP, including a first step that requires Canadian citizens and permanent residents to submit an Interest to Sponsor form.

This year, IRCC accepted forms from potential sponsors between January 2 and February 1. It then randomly selected individuals who submitted an Interest to Sponsor form.

IRCC says that if 10,000 complete applications are not received from selected potential sponsors, there may be an additional round of invitations held at a later date in 2018.

New features to facilitate the application process

Individuals who submitted an Interest to Sponsor form and have been selected are now being contacted by IRCC via email. IRCC encourages those who have completed and submitted an Interest to Sponsor form to check the inbox and junk mail folder of the email account they used to submit it.

A newly added feature allows potential sponsors to look up their assigned confirmation number and compare it with a published list of invitees. This means individuals can find out if they have been invited to submit an application and begin preparing their application before receiving a confirmation email from IRCC.

Individuals who have lost or forgotten the unique confirmation number issued upon submitting an Interest to Sponsor form can complete a new online form and find out within 10 business days if they were invited to apply.

Family reunification a top immigration priority

IRCC said it introduced the randomized selection process and Interest to Sponsor form to the PGP sponsorship program to fast-track the application process and reduce costs incurred by applicants with the previous first-come, first-served paper-based application process.

Last year, IRCC also doubled the intake cap for the PGP from 5,000 to 10,000 in order to help more Canadian citizens and permanent residents bring their loved ones to Canada.

The new process also favours complete applications, which means that individuals who have submitted an Interest to Sponsor form in the latest round may yet be invited to apply if those currently invited don’t apply or submit complete applications.

Therefore, individuals who did not receive an invitation to submit a complete application should not lose hope and IRCC asks that these individuals remain up-to-date on any prospective future invitation rounds.

“The annual 10,000 application intake limit ensures that new applicants have the chance to apply, while the levels plan for parents and grandparents ensures enough are processed each year so that processing times are reasonable and the backlog is further reduced,” IRCC stated.

Canada’s multi-year immigration levels plan provides for an increase in the intake allocation for the PGP year-after-year to a total of 61,500 new permanent residents invited through the program by 2020.

Any individual interested in sponsoring a parent or a grandparent through the program is required to review and meet the eligibility requirements for the program, which includes a detailed breakdown of income requirements.

The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa is another option available to individuals who have child or grandchild in Canada. The Super Visa gives eligible individuals the option to stay in Canada for up to two years at their initial visit, which enables an extended time spent with loved ones than what a regular six-month visa permits.

Next steps

Potential sponsors should submit a complete 2018 application package to IRCC before the specified deadline and pay the required fees on time. It is important to note that an invitation to submit a complete application cannot be transferred to another individual.

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Express Entry what are my Chances?


Express Entry what are my Chances?

Express Entry what are my Chances?

Canada’s Express Entry immigration system can be confusing. Express Entry uses a complicated points-based ranking system to select the most competitive candidates to become Canadian permanent residents. Most people interested in Express Entry want to know: “What are my chances?” Today, we’re going to explain the Express Entry system and take you through a couple of examples to showcase the different possibilities for Express Entry immigration.


Express Entry is Canada’s federal system for managing economic immigration applications. Express Entry includes three major programs: Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Federal Skilled Trades (FST).

All three programs require interested candidates to create an Express Entry profile, where they list their personal information and their qualifications for immigration. This profile is considered an Expression of Interest (EOI) but is not an official application for immigration. Based on their profile, every candidate is assigned a score out of 1200 points; this is called a Comprehensive Ranking System Score or CRS Score. Approximately every two weeks, the Canadian government conducts an Express Entry draw where they select the profiles with the highest score and they issue official Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence.


When people ask: “What are my chances with Express Entry?” What they usually mean is: “How high will my CRS score be?” and, “Is this high enough to receive an Invitation to Apply?”

While we can never accurately predict the CRS score required to receive an ITA, in the last year the minimum CRS score required to receive an ITA has dropped as low as 413 points, so this is a good target for new profiles.

The CRS score is complex. There are a number of different factors considered in calculating the score, including age, level of education, English and French language proficiency, work experience, and connections to Canada (education, work experience, siblings, etc.). As well, certain provinces or territories may nominate select Express Entry candidates for immigration to their province. This is called a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and scores an Express Entry candidate an additional 600 points for their profile!


To better explain the CRS score and what someone’s chances might be in Express Entry, we thought it might be useful to look at a few hypothetical situations. Below are three examples of Express Entry candidates. We will walk you through their projected CRS score and present their best options for Canadian immigration.

Please note: the following examples use applicants who are applying without a spouse or common-law partner. Including your partner on your profile does have some minor effects on your CRS score. To learn more, take a look at our article discussing whether or not you’ll gain extra CRS points if you include your spouse!

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Best Study Programs for Finding a Job


Best Study Programs for Finding a Job

Best Study Programs for Finding a Job

If you’re considering coming to Canada as an international student, you might be wondering what you should study. There are so many programs to choose from in Canada, and it can be difficult to know which program will be the best fit for you. We’ve done some research to figure out which jobs are most in-demand in Canada and which study programs are the best for landing a job in these areas!


Every year, Randstad releases a list of the most in-demand jobs in Canada. Randstad is one of Canada’s largest human resources corporations, so they know what they’re talking about when it comes to employment! We selected three of the most in-demand jobs with highly competitive salaries in Canada for 2018. We’ll take you through the positions and their corresponding study programs, so you know what to study in Canada.


Almost every business in Canada has an accountant. From handling payroll to calculating taxes, accountant’s are the glue that hold many businesses together. As an accountant, there are a range of different positions and levels a person can hold in an organization. One accountant might keep a record of payments and revenues, while another might ensure that all the employees get paid on time.

Due to the nature of the position, you can pursue a couple of different programs to get an accounting job. Below are some of the best types of programs for working as an accountant:

  • Business Administration Diploma – 2-3 years
  • Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Finance and Accounting – 4 years
  • Master’s of Accounting (MAc) 1-3 years

The higher the level of education, the more qualified you will be when you graduate. And the more qualified you are, the higher your earnings can be! Many accountants in Canada also choose to pursue official designation as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) which is the gold standard for Canadian accountants.


Project managers in engineering fields make the big decisions to ensure that construction projects are completed safely and efficiently. These sorts of positions require high levels of education and experience in order to work. Therefore, the proper type of education required will vary a bit depending on where you are in your career. Here are a few of the types of programs you can pursue on your journey to becoming an Engineering Project Manager:

  1. Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) – 4-5 years
  2. Master of Engineering (MEng) – 2-3 years
  3. Master of Business Administration (MBA) – 1-3 years

If you haven’t studied engineering before, the first step will be to obtain your bachelor’s degree in one of the engineering-related fields. After gaining some experience as an engineer, those seeking to move up into project management might want to obtain a master’s degree in engineering, or to pursue an MBA with a focus on project management.

Remember, all engineers in Canada have to obtain certification as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng) in the province where they are working.


The role of a business analyst is wide in scope. Some business analysts assist with planning strategy for the organization, while others might be more involved with optimizing software, systems, and internal communications. Business analysts usually require some training in financial knowledge and some training in the technical needs of analytics. Depending on your interest, you can pursue a range of programs to gain the necessary skills:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Analytics – 4 years
  • Master of Business Administration with focus on Business Analytics – 2 years
  • Bachelor focused on Information Systems – 4 years (software heavy, more computer science focused)

If you’re more interested in the financial side of things, it might be better to pursue a degree in business administration with a focus on business analytics, but if you’re an expert when it comes to computers, it might be better to pursue an information systems degree.

These are a few of the best pathways for those who want to come to Canada as international students and end up with great careers afterwards! Bear in mind that the program you choose to study should make sense with your educational and career background and goals in order for your study permit application to be successful. There are a lot of fantastic job opportunities in Canada outside of these three industries!

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