New parent and grandparent visa programme to launch in Canada before end of January

by Ray Clancy on January 14, 2019

The much awaited parents and grandparents visa programme in Canada which heralds in a new and improved process, will be launched on Monday 28th January, it has been announced.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said that the Government of has listened to and addressed concerns from clients and stakeholders about the previous intake process, and has taken steps to provide a first in first served approach for 2019.

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He explained that this will further enhance the client experience by keeping the application process fair for all, while remaining an easy to access electronic method for applicants.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will accept interest to sponsor submissions for a limited time and then invite potential sponsors to submit a complete application, in the order their submissions were received, until the 2019 cap of 20,000 complete applications is reached.

Interested potential sponsors are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the new intake process for 2019, as other improvements have been made. These include a requirement for potential sponsors to upload a copy of a status in Canada document when submitting their interest to sponsor form.

The interest to sponsor form has also been enhanced from previous years to include features that will help IRCC detect duplicate submissions and potential fraud.

Potential sponsors should submit an interest to sponsor form as soon as possible once it’s available online, after confirming that they meet the necessary minimum income requirements. The onus is on potential sponsors to ensure they are eligible before submitting an interest to sponsor form.

As a family reunification programme, it gives Canadians and permanent residents the opportunity to have their parents and grandparents come to Canada to live permanently.

Given the continuing interest in the programme, the IRCC has increased the annual cap on applications it will accept in 2019 to 20,000, some four times the number of applications accepted in 2015.

Hussen explained that this increase was made possible by an over 80% reduction of the application backlog and processing times that have been shortened from seven to eight years, to about two years.

‘Family reunification is an immigration priority for the Government of Canada. It supports Canada’s economic prosperity and it further strengthens our communities. Parents and grandparents often help care for children, increasing their parents’ ability to work and study, and to make meaningful contributions to their communities,’ said Hussen.

‘In reuniting Canadian citizens and permanent residents with their parents and grandparents, not only do we help these families to succeed, doing so also benefits our entire country,’ he added.

He also pointed out that consistently high admissions levels for parents and grandparents over the last few years has allowed the government to eliminate the application backlog. The application inventory has dropped from a peak of 167,000 people in 2011, to just over 28,000 people in October 2018.

Once invited, potential sponsors will have 60 calendar days from the date of their invitation to ensure IRCC receives their complete application for sponsorship.

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hussain January 18, 2019 at 3:00 am

Hi, can anyone help, my 485 visa is expiring 4 December 2019,i can get admission next February intake 2020 in university by extending my Student visa, as my visa expires in December, it will OK or will issue to get late admission by immigration. Thanks for advance


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