Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Cap Filled

After only a month, the Parent and Grandparent sponsorship program has reached the maximum number of applications that will be accepted this year.  The program, previously closed to address backlogged application, re-opened on January 2, 2014 and had a limit of 5,000 on applications.  It allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor parents or grandparents for permanent residency.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) issued a statement saying: “As Citizenship and Immigration Canada has now received 5,000 complete application, new intake into the [Parent and Grandparent] program will again pause until next year, as we devote our energy to reuniting more families.  By the end of 2014, we expect to welcome an additional 20,000 parents and grandparents to Canada, marking a substantial reduction in wait times for all applicants.“

Parents and Grandparents are still eligible to apply for long-term visitor status under the popular Super Visa program.  The Super Visa allows parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to visit for up to two years.  The Super Visa is valid for multiple entries over a 10-year period.

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