Four Changes to the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program
Did you know that the Canadian government recently announced big changes to the parent and grandparent sponsorship program? Canadian permanent residents or citizens were able to sponsor certain family members to come to Canada as permanent residents provided they could support them – including their parents and grandparents.
However, a very long backlog that was causing these applications to take up to eight years or longer to process is what made the government decide to pause the program last year. As a short-term compromise they introduced the Super Visa, a 10-year, multiple entry visa that parents and grandparents can use to stay in Canada for up to two years at a time.
Now, the government is going to re-open the parent and grandparent program on January 2nd, 2014, but with four changes:
What’s new about the parent and grandparent program?
First: A high level of parent and grandparent admissions will be maintained, as Canada admitted or will admit 50,000 parent and grandparents in 2012 and 2013.
Second: The short-term solution, the Super Visa, will not be a permanent visa available to parents and grandparents. The approval rate of applications for Super Visas is about 86 per cent.
Third: Sponsors of parents and grandparents will have to meet stricter financial requirements to sponsor their parents or grandparents. They must be able to support them financially, and ensure that they don’t strain Canada’s social or health programs.
Fourth: There will be 5,000 new sponsorship applications accepted in 2014, which allows the government to ensure the backlog does not grow again.
Are you a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who wishes to sponsor parents or grandparents to Canada? Contact us as soon as possible. The increased limitations on this program mean that you could definitely benefit from professional assistance with your application – it might make all the difference!
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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