New Parent and Grandparent Program re-opens January 2, 2014
Citizenship and Immigration Canada will re-open the Parent and Grandparent program for NEW applications on January 2, 2014. Some key features include:
- In 2012 and 2013, Canada will admit 50,000 parents and grandparents as permanent residents. In 2014, Canada will maintain high levels of admissions for parents and grandparents.
- The Super Visa will become permanent and will continue to provide flexibility for families.
- 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.
- 5,000 new sponsorship applications will be accepted in the program in 2014.
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 limited circumstances, and they have very restrictive criteria for the sponsorship of parents.
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