To celebrate Family Day in Ontario, our newsletter focused on some recent developments with regard to the family sponsorship programs. Spousal Sponsorships There continues to be a backlog in spousal sponsorship applications, both in-Canada and visa offices abroad. Processing times are slowly improving but are not yet at pre-Covid levels. In the Prime Minister’s
The Minister has just released the information about the Parents/Grandparents Sponsorship Program for 2021. This year, only those who had submitted their interest to sponsor forms last year for the 2020 program will be eligible to receive an invitation to apply. Here are the details: Interest to Sponsor Forms – 2020 Only those who had
The 2019 Parental Sponsorship program was closed in 12 minutes. Here are some alternatives if you were not lucky enough to be able to obtain an invitation.
On August 20, 2018, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced major changes to the parent and grandparent sponsorship program which will take effect in 2019. Some of the most relevant details include: The 2019 cap has been increased to 20 000 applicants from 17 000 applicants in 2018. There is a new process for 2019.
The Minister has just announced today important new changes to the medical inadmissibility policy. Individuals and their dependants who apply for permanent residence under most applications in economic categories, some humanitarian and compassionate categories, and some family sponsorship categories such as parents/grandparent sponsorships, are still required to pass medical admissibility. However, today’s announcement will allow a
The Parent and Grandparents sponsorship program re-opened for online expressions of interest from January 2 to February 1, 2018. On March 19, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) emailed out invitations to potential sponsors who were randomly selected to submit their sponsorship application. Potential sponsors will have 60 days from the date of their invitation to
The Minister of Immigration has announced that the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship program will be re-opening in 2018. Similar to the new process introduced for 2017, potential sponsors will be required to first express their interest in sponsoring by submitting the online “Interest to Sponsor” form. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will then randomly
The Canadian government has made several important announcements to the definition of dependent children and family class sponsorships which may affect you or people you know. They are: The age of a dependent child will be raised to under 22 likely starting May 3, 2017. The permanent residence status of persons who were sponsored
A new year is here and we thought we would take some time to highlight expected changes that are likely to happen to the immigration system in 2017. Overall Numbers It is projected that 300 000 immigrants will obtain permanent residency this year. This is the same as in 2016. Permanent Residence granted under the