Four Changes Before the Parent and Grandparent Program Re-opens

Good news! The parent and grandparent program is being reopened on January 2nd, 2014, which means that Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be able to sponsor their parents and grandparents for permanent residency once again.

Last year, the program was suspended temporarily because of a very big backlog of applications, causing parent and grandparent applications to take a long time – even several years – to be processed. While the program is being re-opened, the government is making some changes to the program.

The Changes to the Parent and Grandparent Program for January 2, 2014

First: This year and last year, 50,000 parents and grandparents were admitted into Canada as permanent residents, and that trend is promised to continue through 2014.

Second: While the number of parents and grandparents admitted into Canada will remain high, those admissions are from the backlog. There will be 5,000 new applications accepted for parents and grandparents beginning on January 2nd.

Third: People who apply to sponsor their parents and grandparents must meet new and stricter income requirements before they can qualify as sponsors of parents and grandparents. They must be able to demonstrate that they can be financially responsible for them as before, but more so.

Fourth: The Super Visa that was introduced when the program was suspended will now become a permanent offering. This visa allows parents and grandparents to come to Canada multiple times over ten years for visits of up to two years at a time.

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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