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Canada Family Sponsorship Immigration News

The latest news about Family Class immigration to Canada, including sponsorship and family reunification programs that grant permanent residency for spouses, children, parents and other extended family. For more information on the immigration process and requirements for family immigration visas to Canada, visit our section on the Family Class Sponsorship Program.

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New Processing Time Tracker for Canada Family Sponsorship Applications

By Ella BergquistFebruary 17, 2022
Permanent ResidencyFamily Immigration

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has created an online tracking facility for family sponsorship candidates to check the status of their Canadian immigration applications. For the time being, the tracker will only be available to permanent residents in the categories of a spouse, partner, and dependent child. As they continue to develop and provide new […]

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Canadian Spousal Sponsorship: Inland vs. Outland

By SierraDecember 6, 2021
Family ImmigrationSpouse/Partner

Spousal Sponsorship is one of the most-sought after immigration pathways to Canada each year and thousands are actively learning more about completing their application. Spousal Sponsorship is when someone residing in Canada sponsors their foreign spouse to live with them as a permanent resident. When completing one of these applications, you are given two options: […]

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I’ve Received A PGP Invitation. What Next?

By SierraDecember 20, 2021
Family ImmigrationParent & Grandparent

Starting September 20th, 2021, the IRCC started rolling out Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) invites. This was the PGP draw date for those who applied in 2020. Many individuals have been waiting patiently for this as this gives them to chance to sponsor their parents or grandparents to live with them permanently in Canada! This […]

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How Canada is Helping Afghans Immigrate to Canada

By Ella BergquistDecember 5, 2022
Permanent ResidencyFamily Immigration

The Canadian Government has released a response to the situation in Afghanistan and provided some information to support those who need it. Currently, the Taliban has taken over and replaced the democratic government by force. Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, said that Canada has no plans to recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan. […]

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How to Write a Letter of Explanation (LoE)

By CaseyDecember 13, 2021
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In some cases, applicants may be required to provide a Letter of Explanation (LoE) with their application. This may be due to a missing document that could not be given, an incoherence that drew the notice of the immigration official examining your case, and so on. This letter could be needed for many different kinds […]

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Parents and Grandparents Program 2021 Will Accept Record Number of Applicants

By Ella BergquistSeptember 21, 2021
Family ImmigrationParent & Grandparent

September 20, 2021 Update: Starting today, invites will begin to roll out to candidates selected within the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) lottery. A total of 40,000 applicants who submitted an Interest to Sponsor form will be contacted shortly. Learn what to do once you’ve received a PGP invitation! On July 20th, 2021, the IRCC […]

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2020 Canada PGP Lottery Starts Issuing Invitations

By CaseyJanuary 6, 2021
Family ImmigrationParent & Grandparent

Beginning January 5, 2021, the IRCC started to hold it’s 2020 Parent and Grandparent Program lottery. This lottery was originally supposed to take place in late 2020 but had to be delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, which took a toll on Canadian immigration as a whole. A maximum of 10,000 applications will be issued […]

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How Can I Go to Canada with My Canadian Citizen Spouse?

By CaseyOctober 20, 2020
Family ImmigrationSpouse/Partner

Many Canadian citizens choose to live abroad for a bit – whether it be for work, school, or even just leisure. It is common for them to meet a special individual who they eventually marry and sometimes even have children with. Usually, a time comes when the Canadian citizen wishes to move back to Canada […]

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Canada Eases Restrictions on Family Members Traveling to Canada

By Ella BergquistDecember 29, 2021
Family ImmigrationVisitor Visas

Note: This article may be out of date and travel restrictions may have changed. Click here to explore the most recent updates and travel restrictions in Canada! Family reunification is an important part of Canada’s immigration policy. Due to the current pandemic, the laws have made it quite hard for out-of-country family members to reunite […]

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When Is The Next Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) Lottery?

By SierraOctober 17, 2022
Family ImmigrationParent & Grandparent

Sponsoring your relative through the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) has been a popular route for many foreign nationals looking to reunite with family. Canada takes pride in family reunification and has created various pathways that allow it. Recently the PGP program has turned into a lottery which applicants will now look forward to each […]

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Are Canada Spousal Sponsorship Processing Times Too Long?

By CaseyAugust 19, 2020
Family ImmigrationSpouse/Partner

Are Canadian spousal sponsorship applications taking too long to process? According to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, sponsoring a spouse can take up to 12 months under normal circumstances. In many cases, this is seen as too long to wait to be reunited with a spouse. Kimberly Johnson, a Toronto woman, stated she’s waited close […]

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Changes to Canadian Citizenship Benefits Same-Sex Couples and Couples with Fertility Issues

By CaseyJuly 15, 2020
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On July 9, 2020, the Canadian government ruled a change in the definition of “parent” under the Citizenship Act. This is especially good news for couples who have had fertility issues or couples of the same sex. Before this ruling, the Citizenship Act only allowed for foreign-born children to be automatically recognized as citizens if […]

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