Citizenship and Immigration Canada has announced that it will re-open the parent and grandparent visa program on January 2nd, 2014 because by then the application backlog and the wait time for processing these applications are expected to be reduced significantly.
However, there will be different phases to the program and there will also be several different criteria when the program is reintroduced.
Currently, approximately 50,000 parents and grandparents are given permanent residence in Canada every year. This is expected to remain about the same in 2014, and is the highest level parents and grandparents admitted in 20 years.
The Super Visa, which was introduced when Citizenship and Immigration Canada cut the program, will remain a permanent fixture that allows parents and grandparents to hold a 10-year multiple entry visa where they can remain in Canada for two years at a time.
People who sponsor their parents or grandparents will have to meet more increased financially requirements in order to become sponsors.
There will be 5,000 applications for sponsorship accepted in 2014, in order to continue to reduce the backlog and avoid long wait times.
Other countries are much more restrictive in their sponsorship policies, with only very limited circumstances for grandparents if any at all while being very restrictive on sponsoring parents.
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