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Good news! The parent and grandparent program is being reopened on January 2nd, 2014, which means that Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be able to sponsor their parents and grandparents for permanent residency once again.
Last year, the program was suspended temporarily because of a very big backlog of applications, causing parent and grandparent applications to take a long time – even several years – to be processed. While the program is being re-opened, the government is making some changes to the program.
First: This year and last year, 50,000 parents and grandparents were admitted into Canada as permanent residents, and that trend is promised to continue through 2014.
Second: While the number of parents and grandparents admitted into Canada will remain high, those admissions are from the backlog. There will be 5,000 new applications accepted for parents and grandparents beginning on January 2nd.
Third: People who apply to sponsor their parents and grandparents must meet new and stricter income requirements before they can qualify as sponsors of parents and grandparents. They must be able to demonstrate that they can be financially responsible for them as before, but more so.
Fourth: The Super Visa that was introduced when the program was suspended will now become a permanent offering. This visa allows parents and grandparents to come to Canada multiple times over ten years for visits of up to two years at a time.
Are you interested in sponsoring your parent or grandparent to come to Canada? We can help you. We are an award-winning immigration law firm and have helped countless families reunite in Canada. Give us a call at the number above for assistance!
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