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More opportunities to be created in Canada for parents and grandparent visas

by Ray Clancy on September 13, 2018

Canada has pledged to increase the number of visas available for parents and grandparents wishing to move to the country to live with their families.

A cap of 5,000 was set but now that is to be increased fourfold to 20,000 applications for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents visa programme in 2019.

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The decision to increase the number of applications that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will accept for processing is a result of continually high demand and the fact that the system has sped up, reducing the waiting time.

The inventory has dropped from a peak of 167,000 people, in 2011, to just under 26,000 people, in June 2018.

After increasing the 2018 cap to 17,000 complete applications, IRCC sent a second round of invitations to randomly selected potential sponsors who submitted an Interest to Sponsor form in early 2018. Those invited to the second round have until 5 October 2018, to submit a complete application. [click to continue…]

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