Submitting this form is on a first-come first served basis and many were heartbroken as within minutes of posting, form could no longer be accessed to from the IRCC website and intake was closed.
IRCC tweeted 11 minutes after the application opened that it closed because they had met the limit of 27,000.
Hundreds of unsuccessful and furious would-be applicants took to social media their sentiments of the system.
On IRCC facebook page, some commented having trouble sending completed online form because of technical connection glitch. There were a few who were not even able to find the form. Many are questioning how fast the target 27,000 quota was reached within 10 minutes.
Most of them made efforts to prepare everything needed, some even took some time off from work after waiting for a year for the application to open.
This whole journey of sponsoring a parent is like a roller coaster of emotion for many hopefuls like Winnipeger Fil-Can Marie Madrid who was not even able to fill out the form.
I waited, opened and reloaded the form but when I connected, it said it’s closed already. In less than 10 minutes, they reached 27k. I was dissaopointed. I have been trying my best to sponsor my mother for many years.”
Marie’s 63 year old mother Adelina has been coming to Winnipeg as tourist for the last 12 years as she helped Marie and her sister Teresa look after their kids while they work.
They have tried applying to sponsor her in 2013 but application was returned because of lacking documents. Unfortunately, they lose track because of the many changes that preceeded in the sponsorship process.
Adelina is a widow and lives by herself in their home in Bulacan. She has loved staying in Winnipeg because both of her daughters and their families are all here. She is currently in the Philippines after her long and extended stay in Canada last year using super visa and is already missing her grand children.
Supposedly, this first come first-served system was the answer to the unpopular lottery system of sponsorship the previous year which Marie also tried but was never lucky.
“Masaya pa rin sa Pilipinas pero iba kapag kasama namin siya rito. Walang ibang titingin sa kanya kundi kami lang”. (Life in the Philippines is happy but it’s different when she is here with us. Nobody will look after her back home).
To see her mother become a permanent resident of Canada means peace of mind for Marie. Under the current system, it looks like she will have to wait another year to try her luck again.
Something to give a little spark of hope to Marie and many others who did not make it — IRCC’s updated wesite say it may open the interest to sponsor form again in 2019 if there is a need for more potential sponsors.
Following the intake and closing on Monday, Mathieu Genest, press secretary for Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen released a statement in the media that more than 100,000 individuals who attempted to access the Interest to Sponsor form when it went live, that there were no technical issues that happened and that they understand the disappointments of those who were not successful in submitting.
(With information from CICNews.com and Global News)