Citizenship and Immigration Canada will re-open the Parent and
Grandparent (PGP) program for new applications on January 2, 2014, by
which time the backlog and wait times in the program are expected to
have been cut in half.
"The Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification is on track to meet
the goals of cutting in half the backlog and wait times in the Parent
and Grandparent program," said Citizenship, Immigration and
Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. "It is very important that we
continue to make progress and not return to the old broken system with
wait times as long as a decade - that would be unfair to families."
Phase II of the Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification will
provide even faster processing times, reduce the backlog further,
prevent future backlogs, ensure that families have the financial means
to support those they sponsor, and protect the interests of taxpayers.
First - In 2012 and 2013, Canada will admit 50,000
parents and grandparents as permanent residents. This represents the
highest level of parents and grandparents admitted in 20 years. In
2014, Canada will maintain high levels of admissions for parents and
Second - The Super Visa will become permanent and
will continue to provide flexibility for families who access the 10-year
multiple-entry visa, allowing visa holders to remain in Canada up to
two years at a time. Over 15,000 Super Visas have been issued since the
program’s launch in December 2011 with approval rates averaging 86
Third - New qualifying criteria
for permanent residency sponsorship of parents and grandparents will
increase the financial responsibility of sponsors to ensure they have
the means to support those they sponsor, while limiting the program's
cost to taxpayers and Canada's strained health and social programs.
Fourth - 5,000 new sponsorship applications will be
accepted in the program in 2014. By accepting 5,000 applications in
2014 while maintaining high levels, the government will be able to
further reduce the remaining backlog so that families can be reunited
Canada has one of the most generous family reunification programs in
the world. The United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New
Zealand do not allow grandparents to be sponsored at all or only in
very limited circumstances, and they have very restrictive criteria for
the sponsorship of parents.
About Family Sponsorship
If you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, you
can sponsor your spouse, conjugal or common-law partner, dependent child
(including adopted child) or other eligible relative to become a
permanent resident under the Family Class (FC).
If your family member is a permanent resident, they can live, study and work in Canada.
There are two different processes for sponsoring your family under the FC.
One process is used for sponsoring your spouse, conjugal or common-law
partner and/or dependent children. Another process is used to sponsor
other eligible relatives.