Immigration sponsorship form appears online for less than 10 minutes

Hundreds of immigrants are expressing frustration after a form required for sponsoring their parents or grandparents for immigration to Canada was available online for less than 10 minutes.

After scrapping the lottery system in place since 2016, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada said earlier this month that they would make an “interest to sponsor” parents and grandparents form available online “for a limited time” on “first-in basis” on Monday at noon EST.

Potential applicants were told that that the form, which is several pages long and requires uploading proof of immigration status, “should take about 10 minutes” to fill out.

“Is this a typing skills test?” Gopalakrishnan told from his home in Red Deer, Alta.:

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