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There were a series of important developments in Family Class immigration during 2018 focusing on the Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program. Moreover, there was an announcement of federal government regarding scrapping the lottery system that had a beginning in 2017. The authorities adopted the timing of arrival system for the program. They did not release any Specific details, but the expression of interest to sponsor will open in Jan 2019. , additionally it will issue invitations as per the order of submission.

IRCC set to issue 20,000 invitations

The reason for this change is that the lottery system created controversies and did not get much success. The authorities conducted two rounds of selection in 2018. Candidates had a complaint that there was no way to know regarding their selection. Furthermore they had to wait for years in submitting interest-to-sponsor forms. Additionally the federal government achieved the target to process 80 percent of Family Class applications within 12 months. The Immigration Plan permits a small increase in the Family Class for a period until 2021. It is an election commitment, of the federal government for family reunification.

Family Class Immigration Levels Plan:

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Spouses, Partners, Children 60,000 64,000 66,000 68,000 70,000 70,000
Parents and Grandparents 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,500 21,000 21,000
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