Sponsorship Applications for Parents Suspended

Temporary moratorium to hit the sponsorship of parents and grandparents

1 November 2011

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has decided to no longer accept application filed by Canadian citizens and permanent residents who wish to sponsor.  The pause comes into effect on November 5, 2011 and will be in force for the next two years. Applications received at CIC’s Case Processing Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, prior to November 5th will continue to be processed under the current procedures. Applications received on or after November 5, 2011, will be returned in their entirety, including fees.

According to the official statement, this decision has been taken in order “to reduce the large backlog and lengthy wait times for parent and grandparent sponsorship”.  The temporary pause is necessary to prevent the program from being flooded with new applications during the period of consultations, leading to a redesigned, faster and more sustainable parent and grandparent program.

While no new applications are to be filed, the ones that have been already in progress will benefit of faster processing times, which is expected to increase the number of parents and grandparents accepted as permanent residents, from nearly 15,500 admissions in 2010 to 25,000 in 2012.

In addition to faster processing times, CIC is about to implement a new ten-year “super visa” for parents and grandparents that will allow them to remain in Canada for two-years each time they come to visit their Canadian descendants.  Details to follow.

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