New round of parent and grandparent visas opened in Canada

by Ray Clancy on January 6, 2016

A new round of visa applications to sponsor parents and grandparents has just started in Canada and is expected to be popular, immigration officials have announced.

A limit of 5,000 new and complete applications has been put on the visa stream by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

canada_citizenA spokesman explained that all applications received after the cap has been reached will be returned to the applicants and added that applications must be individually packaged and sent to the case processing centre in Mississauga (CPC-M), Ontario.

He also pointed out that the CPC-M accepts applications received by mail from local couriers and major courier services only. The CPC-M is not open to the public, and no in-person deliveries are accepted.

“Couriers must have a waybill, which requires a signature from a CPC-M staff member to prove the application was delivered as well as the date and time of delivery. The CPC-M does not accept envelopes or packages from non-courier services, such as taxi companies. Bulk deliveries are not accepted,” the spokesman said.

The visa stream has proved to be very popular and the IRCC is advising applicants to make sure that they follow the precise instructions on how to complete their application which are currently available on itís website.

Only applications received on or after 04 January 2016 that have been completed according to the application kit requirements will be accepted. This means that all necessary documentation and fees, as set out in the application kit, must accompany the application.

The rules also mean that payment to the Receiver General for Canada will only be accepted by credit card or certified cheque. Fee payment in any other manner such as online payment or payment at a financial institution in Canada, will not be accepted, and the application will be returned.

Also, if an application is returned and then resubmitted by the applicant, it will be placed in the processing queue according to the new date of receipt.

If a credit card is used for fee payment, the card must be valid for at least nine months from the date the application is submitted.

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SD January 9, 2016 at 1:10 am

The LPC has promised an increase to 10K of the number of parents and grandparents to be admitted per year. possibly teh changes will kick in late 2016 or in 2017. Anyone knows?

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