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  • CIC announces 24 month moratorium on applications to sponsor parents and grandparents

    CIC has announced that as of November 5, 2011 there will be a 24 month moratorium on new applications to sponsor parents and grandparents in order to reduce the current backlog. New applications received on or after November 5, 2011 will be returned to the applicant. The moratorium will not affect sponsorship applications for spouses, dependent or adopted children, or other eligible relatives.

  • CIC announces the introduction of the new "Parent and Grandparent Super Visa"

    CIC has announced the introduction of the new "Parent and Grandparent Super Visa," which will be valid for up to 10 years. The multiple entry visa will allow applicants to remain in Canada for up to 24 months without having to renew their status. Applicants will be required to obtain private Canadian health-care insurance for the duration of their stay. The visa will come into effect on December 1, 2011.

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has recently announced that the parent and grandparent sponsorship program (PGP) will be reopening as of January 2nd, 2015 with a limited cap.

    There will be a cap of 5,000 complete applications accepted, the announced cap is the same number as the previous year, that opened in January, 2014. Due to the closure of the program for a few years many applicants have been waiting for the opportunity to submit their application therefore the cap was reached in just three weeks. Given that many potential applicants were not able to submit their applications last year , it is likely that the next application cycle will reach its cap as fast as last year therefore it is strongly suggested to have the applications and all required supporting documents prepared prior to the opening date. It is also important to note that applications received before January 2, 2015 will not be accepted and will be returned to the applicant.

  • Closing of the parent and grandparent application period

    Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) received more than 14,000 new parent and grandparent applications since the program re-opened on January 4, 2016. Intake is now closed while we review the applications received. The first 5,000 complete applications received will be placed in the inventory queue.

  • Conditional Permanent Residency for Certain Sponsored Spouse and Common-law Partner is under revision

    On October 29, 2016, the government of Canada released a draft of a change to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), which would repeal the conditional permanent residence regulatory provisions for certain sponsored spouses and common law partners. If approved, the change is expected to come into force in spring 2017.

  • Cracking Down On Marriages Of Convenience - New and Proposed Measures

    The Government of Canada has put in place a bar on Spousal sponsorship. Regulatory changes now in force mean sponsored spouses or partners will have to wait five years from the day they are granted permanent residence status in Canada to sponsor a new spouse/partner. Under the new proposal, a spouse/partner being sponsored by a Canadian or Permanet resident would be required to live together with their sponsor in a legitimate relationship for two years following receipt of their permanet resident status in Canada.

  • End of Parents and Grandparents sponsorship lottery selection and increase application cap to 20,000 in 2019

    Invitations to apply will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis next year Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada says it will scrap its controversial randomized selection process for its Parents and Grandparents Program in 2019 and revert to a first-come, first-served approach to inviting interested sponsors to apply.

  • Extension of Open Work Permit Pilot Program for Sponsored Spouses and Partners in Canada

    The Canadian Immigration minister has approved an extension its workpermit pilot project for spouses and common-law partners applying for Canadian immigration. The pilot program, first launched in December 2014, allows spouses and common-law partners of Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are currently being sponsored on an application for permanent residence through this class to work in Canada during the processing of the application.

  • Faster processing time for Spousal/Common-Law Sponsership Program

    The processing times for certain countries, including the time it takes to make the initial assessment of the sponsor, are now less than one year. These countries include France, Australia, Spain, Tunisia, Belgium, Algeria, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, Brazil, Iran, Israel, Portugal, Poland, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, Ukraine, and Switzerland. For many other countries, the processing time is around one year or slightly longer.

  • Few Canadians see immigrants and refugees as a major national issue

    A majority of Canadians continue to hold positive views on key aspects of immigration and few see immigrants and refugees as a pressing national concern, a new Environics Institute survey has found.

  • Government Initiates to Increase Family Class Immigration Targets

    When Canada’s Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen stood before the gathered press in Toronto last week to reveal and explain the government’s new Multi- year immigration plan, he was keen to point out that the majority of the nearly one million permanent residents to be admitted to Canada over the next three years would be economic migrants. The next largest broad category, however, will be newcomers who arrive under the family class programs.

  • How health issues affect PGP applications

    What you need to know about medical inadmissibility when applying to sponsor your parents or grandparents.

  • How to improve Canada’s Parents and Grandparents immigration program in 2020

    January has typically marked the opening of the window for immigrants to express their interest in sponsoring family under Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Program, or PGP.

  • Immigration programs cap for 2016

    Canada plans on welcoming up to 305,000 new permanent residents in 2016 .This is considered the highest projected immigration level in decades, which represents seven percent increase on the 2015 plan. On March 8. details of 2016 immigration plan has been unveiled.

  • Increasing Number of Candidates for Canadian Immigration Expected to be Invited to Apply in 2016

    The year that was 2015 has been a transitional one with respect to Canadian economic immigration programs. Beginning with the launch of the express entry selection system on January 1, 2015, and with a newly-installed government that promises to do more for future and existing candidates for immigration to Canada, it has been a year with much change in the air.

  • IRCC ‘quietly’ settled Parents and Grandparents Program lawsuits

    Settlement reached in secret with plaintiffs who said January 28 intake was 'arbitrary' and 'unjust'

  • IRCC Performance in 2016

    2016 has been a remarkable year, and 2017 is expected to bring even more positive immigrating to Canada.

  • ITAs started to be issued to Interested sponsors to apply to Parents and Grandparents Program

    The Government of Canada is now issuing invitations to apply to its Parents and Grandparents Program.

  • January 28 Parents and grandparents sponsorship program will be reopen

    Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Program will reopen to interested sponsors beginning on January 28, the federal government announced today.  

  • Legal Action against Immigration marriage scammers

    Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced that there will be a legal action against people who have obtained permanent residency of Canada through fake marriage. According to the Minister the penalty of abusing our immigration system and act of fraudulent marriage is revocation of status.