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After two years of waiting, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will soon be able to, once again, sponsor their parents and grandparents for Permanent Residency. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced on May 10th 2013, that the Parent and Grandparent stream of the Family Sponsorship program will begin accepting new applications on January 2nd, 2014.

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you can sponsor your spouse (husband or wife) to immigrate to Canada as permanent resident. You are a spouse if you are married to your sponsor and your marriage is legally valid. An application for Family Class sponsorship can be made if your spouse lives inside or outside Canada. If you sponsor your spouse to come to Canada as a permanent resident, it is your responsibility to provide for your own essential needs and those of your spouse.

In a report released on labour shortages faced by small and medium sized firms across Canada, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) called for changes to the immigration system to better meet their needs..

One way you can your family can join you in Canada as immigrants is through family class immigration. Through family class immigration, certain members of your family are allowed to immigrate to Canada, upon your promise that you will take care of them for a specified period of time. This article is a summary of some important aspects of family class immigration. It is not legal advice, but rather is merely informational. It is accurate as of October 16, 2005.


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