Canada To Re-Open Parent and Grandparent Program

By Dex Tennyson, for 29 December, 2014

Canada is set to re-open a visa program that allows citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parent or grandparent to become a permanent resident under the country's Family Class.

The Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, said that new applications for the parent and grandparent program (PGP) will be accepted from January 2, 2015. Up to 5,000 visas will be issued.

Detailed information on how to apply is now available on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website, so that applicants can begin filling in their forms and gathering documentation.

Alexander said that Canada has "one of the most generous family reunification programs in the world," and that action is being taken to reduce backlogs and improve processing times.

Applications can be made by mail, via local and major courier services only. Applications received before January 2, 2015 will be returned, and the processing fee will not be taken. Those received after the 5,000 cap has been reached will also be returned. Sponsors are financially responsible for supporting their parent or grandparent, and must ensure that that the parent or grandparent does not need social assistance.

Parents and grandparents who wish to visit their family in Canada for an extended period can also apply for the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa. More than 1,000 Super Visas are issued monthly, with an approval rate of over 80 percent.

The country has welcomed more than 70,000 parents and grandparents since 2012, representing the highest level of parent and grandparent admissions in nearly two decades.

Tags: Canada | Expats | Immigration | Visas And Passports | Immigration |


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