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(Below is a transcription of this video)
Hi. This is Michael Niren. I’m an immigration lawyer and founder of VisaPlace.com. I’m here today to talk to you about the new parental and grandparents sponsorship that’s going to be opening up, re-opening, on January 2, 2014.
It’s a very exciting development because for quite some time, that category has been closed so Canadians who wish to sponsor their parents or grandparents weren’t able to do it. In replacement, we had Super Visas. Super visas worked quite well. They were temporary resident visas for parents and grandparents that come to Canada for a temporary period of time. We process a lot of those super visas. Now they’re going to be made permanent so that’s also a positive development. But the good news I’m going to outline today is the parental sponsorship opening up, re-opening.
So what is the parental sponsorship about? It’s, as I stated, for Canadians who wish to sponsor their parents or grandparents. Permanent residents can do that too. It takes a long time. We are hoping that the backlog that existed for many years has now been cleared and the government is promising faster processing. On the negative side, there’s only 5,000 applications that will be permitted per year. The financial restrictions will be more severe for Canadians. They have to meet higher income thresholds and the undertakings will be extended to 20 years.
So it’s not going to be easy as it used to be but I’m happy to report that at least those doors are opening once again. We’re excited about it here at Visa Place. We’re going to be offering 15% discount on all legal cost for anyone who comes to us for assistance for parental and grandparents’ sponsorship. So give us a call or send as an e-mail at [email protected] and we’ll be here to help you. Thank you very much.
If you have immigration questions, VisaPlace is here to guide you through the immigration process. We work with qualified immigration lawyers who can help you with your parental and grandparents’ sponsorship application. Contact us to book a consultation.
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