January 11, 2016 – The Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship
Program reached its annual quota of 5,000 applications last week,
shortly after reopening on January 4, 2016. The very popular
program permits Canadian citizens and permanent residents to
sponsor their parents or grandparents to come to Canada.
Because of recent commitments by the Canadian government to
double the annual quota for the program, Immigration, Refugees and
Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that they will retain the
first 10,000 submitted applications, placing the first 5,000 in the
application queue, and holding the second 5,000 pending further
Green and Spiegel will continue to monitor this program and will
provide updates when they become available.
Canadians and Permanent Residents who were unable to sponsor
their parents or grandparents to come to Canada may wish to
consider applying for the Parent and Grandparent Supervisa (the
Supervisa). The Supervisa is a multiple-entry visa that permits
holders to stay in Canada for up to two years without any
requirement to renew their status.
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