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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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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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Canada Processing Time 2023

By Ella BergquistJanuary 16, 2023
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Many times when a foreign national is looking to immigrate to Canada, they want to know how long it will take to get there. Each visa has a different processing time and application process. The processing time for Canadian Visas is defined as how long it takes Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to process […]

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Parent and Grandparent Immigration: COVID-19 Update

By SierraApril 2, 2020
Family ImmigrationParent & Grandparent

You may be familiar with or heard of the 2020 Parent/Grandparent Immigration Program. It’s a great program to sponsor a parent or grandparent to Canada based on that familial relationship. Many individuals have immigrated to Canada through family sponsorships and it has opened many opportunities for foreign immigrants. Like many other immigration services that have […]

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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 2023

By Ella BergquistDecember 14, 2022
Family ImmigrationSpouse/Partner

Canada is one of the most popular places in the world to immigrate to so it is no wonder that they receive thousands of applications weekly from people hoping to live and work in Canada. A Spouse Visa is one of the more popular applications that come and go through the immigration office. The processing […]

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Arash Sorkhabi

I’m satisfied with the expertise and professionalism with which my case was managed and handled. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the firm for its support. Although it has been a long process time due to Covid, Nadia has always been one of the first people to guide me step by step through the path during this stressful and unprecedented time. I strongly recommend VisaPlace to anyone seeking legal counsel.

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Shannon Wilde

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I reached out to VisaPlace kind of on a whim, knowing that I needed to apply for permanent residency in order to stay with my spouse and our two cats. They were immediately and incredibly responsive, and almost instantly made me feel that I was dealing with professionals who cared about my case.

I reached out to them August last year, and today got the confirmation that my permanent residency has been approved. The people I worked with in VisaPlace stuck with me through the whole process, answering any questions and assuaging any fears that I had about the process, my application, or what I needed to do. Even when my anxiety made me snappy (I apologized immediately!) they handled my case and me with professionalism and compassion. Immigration is a stressful, scary process. I wanted professionals who knew the ins-and-outs so that I had the best chance of being able to come to Canada.

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