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Lottery: Grandparents Program and Lottery System

lottery: This year, applicants must fill out additional questions to determine their eligibility before they are entered into the lottery, according to CTV. Over 95,000 people applied in 2017, according to government statistics. The government began accepting applications for the Parents and Grandparents Program on Tuesday. It was the first year the government had switched to a lottery system for the program after years of backlog. They're essentially taking a spot away from someone else, Ryan said. While the lottery system helped clear the backlog, selecting 10,000 candidates at random, it also chose ineligible candidates who ultimately couldn't continue the application process, according to Edward Ryan, an immigration consultant with Edge Immigration. ( As reported in the news.