Canada accepting more applicants under old family reunification system

Immigrant families seeking to reunite in Canada no longer have to do so under the controversial lottery system.

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government announced Monday that it scrapping the lottery system and reverting to a first-come, first-served system.

The move is in response to backlash from frustrated sponsors.

The federal government says it will admit up to 20,500 parents and grandparents under its reunification program in 2019. That number will increase to 21,000 in 2020.

To reach those targets, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada, IRCC, will accept 20,000 parent and grandparent reunification applications next year, up from 17,000 this year and 10,000 in 2016.

However, IRCC says, individuals will be invited to submit an application to sponsor their parents and grandparents based on the order in which we receive their interest to sponsor forms, instead of randomly selecting the sponsors to apply.