December 19, 2014 – Ottawa, Chris Alexander, Minister of Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration announced that the program to reunite more families (Parent and Grandparent Program – PGP) will re-open on January 2, 2015.
Due to the success of the program, Canada has welcomed over 70,000 parents and grandparents since 2012. This number also displays the highest level of parent and grandparent admissions in nearly two decades. Moreover, the backlog has been reduced by approximately 54% because of the Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification from Canadian government.
Furthermore, if the parents and grandparents want to visit their family in Canada, they can apply for the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa. It will become a flexible option for parents and grandparents. Nowadays, more than 45,000 Super Visas have been issued with an approval rate of over 80 percentage.
- Many countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand have really strict criteria for the sponsorship of parents and also allow grandparents to be sponsored under exceptional circumstances.
- Any PGP applications received before January 2, 2015 will not be accept. Detailed information are available on Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) website.
- 5,000 completed applications will be accepted in 2015.
- One of CIC’s most popular initiatives is over 1,000 Super Visas being issued monthly.