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With an aim to make immigration system simpler and more transparent, a new lottery system had been initiated this year by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to replace the former first come, first served system, media reports said.
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With only 10,000 spots available, more than 95,000 sponsors participated in this first web-based immigration lottery program between Jan. 3 and Feb. 2.
IRCC then randomly selected 10,000 sponsors and emailed them to submit an application, and those not selected were also informed about the results.
Last year the number of sponsorship spots for parents and grandparents were doubled from 5,000 to 10,000 and these applications were expected to bring in 17,000 sponsored people, considering that an application can be for more than one person.
"This is the first year this new process will be in place, so we will monitor results to see if adjustments are needed for next year," said spokesperson Carl Beauchamp, CBCNews reports said.
IRCC said Canadian citizens or permanent residents can sponsor their parents and grandparents on a super visa, which allows them to extend a visit for up to two years after the initial entry into Canada.
IRCC added that a 10-year multiple-entry visa allows several visits of up to six months at a time.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)