Good News – Parents & Grandparents Sponsorship Intake Increased

To help reunite even more parents and grandparents with their families in Canada, the Government of Canada will accept up to 20,000 applications for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents, in 2019. This is 4 times the number of applications accepted when the program reopened in 2014, when the cap was set at 5000 applications.

This decision to increase the number of applications that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will accept for processing is a result of continually high demand in the Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program.

In 2019, as in previous years, the Interest to Sponsor form will be available online, at the beginning of the year, so eligible potential sponsors can let IRCC know they wish to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada. However, instead of randomly selecting the sponsors to apply, IRCC will invite them to submit an application to sponsor their parents and grandparents based on the order in which they receive their Interest to Sponsor forms. This process will continue until the 2019 cap of 20,000 complete applications is reached.

Don’t delay. Call Alexander Immigration Services today at + 1 647 773 3673 or email to ensure your parents & grandparents obtain their permanent residence in Canada.

Improved Immigration Application Processing Times


Effective July 31, 2018, Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) began using an improved method to estimate processing times for some new permanent residence applications. The processing times are projected, and tell applicants how long they can expect their applications to take under normal circumstances if submitted today.

With this change in effect, IRCC will be able to better estimate how long some new permanent residence applications will take based on several factors, including the number of current applications waiting to be processed and the volume of admissions allowed each year under the multi-year immigration levels plan.

Previously, all permanent residence application processing times were only historical and showed how long it took to process 80% of applications in the past year. While these historical times are accurate for most applications that are currently being processed, it is anticipated that the new method for projecting processing times will provide more accurate estimates for clients.

The new projected processing times will apply to applications received on or after July 31, 2018 in these business lines:

  • Sponsoring a family member
    • Parents and Grandparents
  • Economic Class
    • Provincial Nominees (Non-Express Entry)
    • Skilled Workers (Quebec)
    • Start-Up Visa
  • Humanitarian and compassionate cases
  • It should be noted that for clients who have already applied, withdrawing an application and re-applying will not result in faster processing times:
    • Any application processing already complete would become null and void and clients would have to submit a new application.
    • For some types of applications, such as Express Entry and Parents and Grandparents, a client who withdraws their application runs the risk of not receiving a subsequent invitation to apply or invitation to sponsor

Call +1 647 773 3673 or email to book a consultation for all your immigration needs and to learn more about how these changes would impact your application.

Arrive in Canada in six months as a Business Owner with a Work Permit

Foreign entrepreneurs who wish to relocate to Canada with their family can now buy a business here and apply for a work permit as a management level employee under the Temporary Foreign Workers program.  The Investor/Entrepreneur should have :

  • Verifiable, transferable past management experience
  • Sufficient assets to buy the Canadian Business
  • Language skills in English or French to actively manage the business

After identifying a suitable Canadian business, the next step would be apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) along with a business plan and obtain a positive LMIA. This is then followed by applications for work permits for themselves and their spouse; and study permits for the children.

After their arrival in Canada, they can apply for Permanent Residence under a Federal Program or Provincial Program.

The process, though extensive, can be successfully completed within six months with the support of a skilled immigration consultant who can assist with the LMIA and other required immigration formalities.

We at Alexander Immigration Services, through our network of Licensed professionals, will help you identify a suitable Canadian Business for purchase. We then help you apply for the LMIA, followed by the work permits and later on for permanent residence in Canada,

Call + 1 647 773 3673 or email to fix a consultation and to learn more about immigrating to Canada as a business entrepreneur under this stream.