Canada to Re-Open Parent, Grandparent Visas Jan. 2014

Super Visa will remain a choice. For parents or grandparents who wish to avail of the program when it reopens, a higher fee and slighly lower annual quota will apply.

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Canada to Re-Open Parent, Grandparent Visas Jan. 2014
Written by Crispin Aranda.
Posted on May 14, 2013

Canada to Re-open New Parent and Grandparent program January 2, 2014

Will the Super Visa end as well? Because of the volume of sponsorship applications for parents – and grandparents – this program was temporarily suspended. As a substitute – and to still allow families to be reunited, Canada introduced the Super Visa wherein parents and grandparents may be issued a temporary (visitor) visa of up to 10 years validity. Each time a parent and grandparent applies for admission at a Canadian port of entry, he or she could stay for a maximum of two years.

With this announcement, parents and grandparents may have more options than before. The official announcement from the Canadian government is shown below. Mississauga,

May 10, 2013 — Citizenship and Immigration Canada will re-open the Parent and Grandparent (PGP) program for new applications on January 2, 2014, by which time the backlog and wait times in the program are expected to have been cut in half. “The Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification is on track to meet the goals of cutting in half the backlog and wait times in the Parent and Grandparent program,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.

“It is very important that we continue to make progress and not return to the old broken system with wait times as long as a decade—that would be unfair to families.” Phase II of the Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification will provide even faster processing times, reduce the backlog further, prevent future backlogs, ensure that families have the financial means to support those they sponsor, and protect the interests of taxpayers.

First – In 2012 and 2013, Canada will admit 50,000 parents and grandparents as permanent residents. This represents the highest level of parents and grandparents admitted in 20 years. In 2014, Canada will maintain high levels of admissions for parents and grandparents.

Second – The Super Visa will become permanent and will continue to provide flexibility for families who access the 10-year multiple-entry visa, allowing visa holders to remain in Canada up to two years at a time. Over 15,000 Super Visas have been issued since the program’s launch in December 2011 with approval rates averaging 86 percent.

Third – New qualifying criteria for permanent residency sponsorship of parents and grandparents will increase the financial responsibility of sponsors to ensure they have the means to support those they sponsor, while limiting the program’s cost to taxpayers and Canada’s strained health and social programs.

Fourth – 5,000 new sponsorship applications will be accepted in the program in 2014. By accepting 5,000 applications in 2014 while maintaining high levels, the government will be able to further reduce the remaining backlog so that families can be reunited more quickly.

“These new criteria ensure sponsored family members are well supported by their sponsors throughout their time in Canada,” said Minister Kenney. “The redesigned Parent and Grandparent program reunites families faster while respecting Canadian taxpayers and the limited resources for health and social programs.”

Canada has one of the most generous family reunification programs in the world. The United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand do not allow grandparents to be sponsored at all or only in very limited circumstances, and they have very restrictive criteria for the sponsorship of parents.

The amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations that are being proposed will be pre-published in the Canada Gazette (Part I) and the public will be able to comment for a 30-day period.

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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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