Are you eligible to receive an invitation to sponsor your parents and/or grandparents?

Since May 21st, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has begun issuing Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to sponsors who submitted “Interest to Sponsor” forms through the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP).

Key Details of the Invitation Process

IRCC has announced that it will send out 35,700 invitations over a two-week period starting May 21. This initiative aims to approve 20,500 complete applications for permanent residence (PR) for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

How the Process Works

  • Email Invitations: ITAs will be sent out to the email address provided by the sponsor when they initially submitted their “Interest to Sponsor” form. Sponsors should check their email regularly, including their spam and junk folders, to ensure they do not miss the invitation.
  • Eligibility and Documentation: Sponsors who receive an ITA will need to provide detailed documentation and complete the application process within a specified time frame. This includes proving their financial ability to support the sponsored family members and submitting relevant forms and documents to IRCC.
  • Two-Week Period: The invitation process will span two weeks, ensuring a structured and timely issuance of ITAs. This period allows sponsors to prepare and gather necessary documentation for their application.

Invitation status tool

IRCC will make the “Check Your Invitation Status” tool available on their website on May 31, 2024.

The sponsor will be able to use their confirmation number (the one received when submitted the 2020 interest to sponsor form) to find out if they have been invited to apply.

Goals and Expectations

The IRCC’s goal with this wave of ITAs is to approve 20,500 applications for permanent residence. This program is an important pathway for Canadian citizens and permanent residents to reunite with their parents and grandparents, enhancing family cohesion and support.

Steps for Sponsors

  1. Monitor Your Email: Ensure you check the email address you provided during the “Interest to Sponsor” submission regularly for any communication from IRCC.
  2. Prepare Your Documents: Start gathering necessary financial documents, proof of status in Canada, and other required forms as soon as possible.
  3. Submit Your Application Promptly: Once you receive an ITA, act quickly to complete and submit your application to avoid any delays.


The Parents and Grandparents Program is a vital part of Canada’s immigration system, allowing families to reunite and support each other. IRCC’s current wave of ITAs signifies a strong commitment to processing and approving applications efficiently. Sponsors are encouraged to stay vigilant and responsive to ensure a smooth application process.

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