Are you eager to reunite with your loved ones and sponsor their immigration to Canada? If so, you’ll want to mark your calendar for October 10, 2023, as it’s a significant date for potential sponsors.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is gearing up to send out invitations to apply to 24,200 interested potential sponsors. This blog post will provide you with all the essential details you need to know about the upcoming family sponsorship program and how to navigate the application process.

Invitations to Apply

Much like in the previous years of 2020, 2021, and 2022, the IRCC will randomly select potential sponsors from the existing application pool. That means no additional intake.

This randomized selection process aims to ensure fairness and equal opportunities for all applicants, preventing any bias or favouritism.

Application Window

The IRCC will open the application window for potential sponsors for a specified time frame, which is likely to be 60 days. During this period, you should prepare and submit your sponsorship application and your family member’s permanent residence application simultaneously. It’s crucial to adhere to this timeline and submit your documents within the given window, as late applications will not be accepted. Therefore, if you’re hoping to be among the fortunate few, you’ll want to ensure that your application is in order and ready to go.

Two-Part Application Process

Understanding the application process is essential for a successful sponsorship application. The family sponsorship application consists of two distinct parts:

Sponsorship Application: In this section, you will provide all the necessary information and documents to demonstrate your eligibility as a sponsor. You must prove that you meet the sponsorship requirements, including financial stability and the ability to support your family members once they arrive in Canada.

Permanent Residence Application: Your family members, the individuals you wish to sponsor, will need to submit their permanent residence application. This part of the process focuses on their eligibility for Canadian permanent residency, including meeting medical and police clearance requirements.

Remember that both parts of the application must be submitted simultaneously to ensure that your sponsorship application is complete.

Super Visa as an Alternative

For those who may not receive an invitation to apply this year, there’s still an option to reunite with their parents or grandparents through a Super Visa. A Super Visa is a multiple-entry visa that remains valid for up to 10 years, providing an excellent alternative for family reunification. This visa allows your parents or grandparents to visit you in Canada for extended periods, making it a viable option while you wait for another opportunity to sponsor them for permanent residency.


The 2023 family sponsorship program is just around the corner, and it’s crucial to stay informed and be prepared for the application process. With a limited number of invitations available, it’s essential to ensure your application is well-prepared and submitted within the specified time frame.