Applications for sponsoring parents and grandparents into Canada are currently experiencing processing times of eight to 10 years, so it’s important to get your paperwork into the queue at the start of each year.
Since early 2014, the government has only accepted 5,000 new applications each year, which is a very limited quota that filled up in less than 15 days in both 2014 and 2015.
While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new Liberal government campaigned on the promise to increase the quota for new applications to 10,000 per year, and dedicate twice the resources for the processing of these cases, it’unclear if these measures will be introduced in time for 2016.
John Hu Migration Consulting recommended that those considering sponsoring parents or grandparents do not think too long about it. It is important to check as soon as possible if the sponsor is eligible and ready to begin an application in 2016, so as to enter the queue of applications being processed.
A sponsor must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and has to demonstrate — alone or with a partner — that they have made enough income in the last three years to support their own family as well as the person/people being sponsored.
There is always the option of the “super visa” — a 10-year tourist visa that gives parents or grandparents the opportunity to visit their families in Canada for a continuous period of up to two years.