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Canada reopens immigration program for parents
« on: October 11, 2015, 09:07:33 PM »
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TORONTO: The Canadian government will reopen the popular parent and grandparent immigration stream in January 2016, media reports said.

Hence, parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and residents wishing to relocate to Canada should prepare all the relevant documents to apply for the program, reported Emirates 24/7.

“The immensely popular Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) is expected to reopen in January, 2016, with sponsors and candidates already preparing for what is expected to be a very short application intake period,” the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) reportedly stated.

Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and residents are eligible for Canadian residency and perhaps, citizenship under the Parent and Grandparent Programme (PGP). Although the program reopens every year for new applications, the demand is much higher than the supply, and application caps are reached within weeks each year, the report said.

In 2015, the government of Canada reportedly accepted 5,000 completed applications, which were submitted in just a couple of days. The year before the same application cap was reached within three weeks.

The government, however, has not indicated whether there will be any changes to the eligibility criteria of the 2016 program, said the news portal.

Reportedly, a Canadian resident or citizen can sponsor parent(s) and/or grandparent(s) when at least 18 years of age, complying to a minimum necessary income, able to demonstrate these funds for a period of three years prior to application and promise to provide financial support for the sponsored relative for a period of three to 10 years, depending on his or her age and relationship to the sponsor, the news report said.

The sponsor and the sponsored relative must sign a sponsorship agreement that commits the sponsor to provide financial support for the sponsored relative, if necessary, reported Emirates 24/7.

This agreement also states that the person becoming a permanent resident will make every effort to support himself or herself, it said.
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Re: Canada reopens immigration program for parents
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2015, 07:57:16 PM »
A word to everyone...we, Canadians, are in the last weeks of a prolonged political battle leading up to elections for the Federal parliament, and right now it is a tight race. Things may change soon, with a new party and leader in charge. Historically, when that happens here, and we get new leaders and cabinet members, everything goes under review and a lot of things planned or scheduled or put into place by the previous leader and cabinet may not get into law or happen or...
Only time will tell.