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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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Definition of a Dependent Child in January 2020, according to Canadian Immigration Laws and Regulations

By visaplaceJanuary 15, 2020
Family ImmigrationChild

Written by: Sanaa Mahmood When you submit an application to immigrate to Canada either permanently or temporarily, you may choose to include your child as a dependent in that application, provided the child meets the current definition of a dependent child, as per Canadian Immigration Laws and Regulations. The current definition of a dependent child, […]

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Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program Update for 2020

By CaseyDecember 7, 2020
Family ImmigrationParent & Grandparent

October 5th Update: Today Immigration Minister Marco Mendocino announced new details about the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program. The program will open October 13th, 2020 for a 3-week window. People can submit the form online to express interest to bring their relatives to Canada. Once the three week period ends, the IRCC will select potential […]

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Canada’s LGBTQ2 Refugee Sponsorship Program Expanding

By Ella BergquistDecember 9, 2019
Family ImmigrationSpouse/Partner

There are still many countries that do not support the LGBTQ2 community which can make it difficult for those to live their life in their own country. Canada has a history of providing a safe haven for those who are vulnerable. Canada has opened its arms to the LGBTQ2 community by providing a type of […]

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Parents and Grandparent’s Program 2019 Closed…For Now

By Ella BergquistJuly 20, 2020
Family ImmigrationParent & Grandparent

Today, January 28, the Parents and Grandparents Program opened up for applicants to submit their online form for indicating interest in sponsoring a family member to Canada. With only 11 minutes open, the IRCC tweeted that the applications received had met the annual limit. “The interest to sponsor form for the 2019 Parent and Grandparent […]

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Canada’s Parents and Grandparent Sponsorship Update 2019

By Ella BergquistJuly 20, 2020
Family ImmigrationParent & Grandparent

In 2018, the IRCC announced the will be reopening the Parents and Grandparent Sponsorship Program in 2019. In the previous years this program would open on January 2nd. This is not the case in 2019. The IRCC tweeted that they will not be opening the program until late January 2019. The IRCC expects to process […]

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Family Sponsorship 2021: Parents and Grandparents Program

By CaseyApril 6, 2021
Family ImmigrationParent & Grandparent

Visit our page on the Parents and Grandparents Program in 2021. January 9, 2020 Update: The Grandparent and Parent sponsorship program has been postponed in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the current program. Currently, the program works like a ticket lottery. You must be ready to log in and complete an application the moment […]

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Adoption Immigration: Sponsor Your Adopted Child to Canada

By Ella BergquistJuly 20, 2020
Family ImmigrationAdoption

Starting a family through adoption is an exciting time but it can also seem overwhelming. There are many rules surrounding adoption and a through understanding of these laws is necessary. If you decide to adopt a child from outside of Canada, there a specific requirements that need to be met in order for the child […]

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Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Super Visa Program Expands in 2018

By Ella BergquistJune 29, 2022
Family ImmigrationParent & Grandparent

July 2022 Update: As of July 4, 2022, the length of stay for Super Visa holders in Canada will be expanded to five years per entrance. Learn more here. What is Changing About the Parents and Grandparents Super Visa in 2018? The government is increasing the number of applications that will be accepted for processing for […]

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Family Sponsorship Immigration: Secrets to Applying

By Ella BergquistMay 8, 2018
Family Immigration

Family sponsorship is a way to reunite families in Canada. In fact, the Canadian government believes in keeping families together, and prioritizes the processing of sponsorship applications. Your relatives can live, study and work in Canada if they become permanent residents of Canada. You can sponsor certain relatives to come to Canada if you’re: At […]

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Canada Spouse Visa Processing Time 2022

By Ella BergquistDecember 20, 2021
Family ImmigrationSpouse/Partner

Canada is still accepting and processing spouse visa applications, however, delays should be expected. IRCC has issued the following statement: “While we continue to serve our clients, service disruptions and restrictions due to COVID-19 may have an impact on processing times, and the current posted processing times may not be accurate.”For more updates on the Coronavirus, […]

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How To Bring Your Girlfriend to Canada 2022

By Ella BergquistDecember 17, 2021
Family ImmigrationSpouse/Partner

Dating long distance can be hard for a couple but the battle of getting your fiance into Canada is a whole other hurdle to get over. “How to get my fiance to Canada?” Is often a question our lawyers at VisaPlace get asked on a daily basis. Unfortunately, a fiance doesn’t fall under the family […]

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What to Know About “Birth Tourism” in 2022

By Rachel BarrickDecember 17, 2021
Permanent ResidencyFamily ImmigrationCanadian CitizenshipChild

Over the past year, 379 foreign nationals were born at Richmond Hospital in Canada to non-Canadian citizens or permanent residents. This is part of an industry known as “birth tourism”, in which a pregnant woman enters Canada to give birth to a child who will then automatically be given citizenship. They typically travel to Canada […]

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Canadian Spousal Sponsorship: FAQ

By Ella BergquistSeptember 29, 2020
Family ImmigrationSpouse/Partner

Spousal immigration is an important aspect of Canadian immigration and thousands of people apply under this category every year. If you have a spouse who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, he/she can sponsor you to immigrate to Canada under certain conditions. We receive thousands of familiar questions about the process. Our VisaPlace licensed […]

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Second Round of Selection for Parents and Grandparents Program

By Rachel BarrickSeptember 7, 2017
Family ImmigrationParent & Grandparent

Every year, the Canadian Government offers forth 10,000 invitations for individuals to sponsor their parents and grandparents to Canada. This year, a new application intake process was introduced under which 10,000 individuals, after completing an online form, would be invited at random to submit a sponsorship application. The deadline to register for the 2017 pool […]

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Ending Conditional PR to Stop Abusive Relationships

By Ella BergquistMarch 25, 2020
Family ImmigrationSpouse/Partner

As of April 28, 2017, spouses and common-law partners who are sponsored to immigrate to Canada will not experience a period of conditional Permanent Resident status. From this point further, they will have full permanent residence upon arriving in Canada. The Canadian government suggested that by eliminating the condition, it addressed concerns that vulnerable sponsored […]

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Julia Rood

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