Since January of 2014, CIC allows for 5,000 application per year for sponsoring parents from overseas. In 2014, the program was “full” by the first week of February, 2014. But, then it was discovered that 5,000 applications were received by mid-January, 2014, by the evidence of the returning of all applications received between mid-January and the first week of February, 2014 in September/October of 2014!
In 2015, 5,000 applications were received by January 16th, 2015 and the acceptance was closed. Now CIC is returning all applications received after January 6th, 2015. So 5,000 applications were received from January 2nd, 2015 (Friday), January 5 (Monday) and January 6th (Tuesday) – 3 business days.
For 2016, it is totally reasonable to estimate that all 5,000 applications would be received on the first day – January 2nd, 2016. AND, it is also reasonable to estimate that some of those applications received on January 2nd, 2016 would not make to 5,000 application quota.
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