What is the change? For the second year in a row, applications for parent and grandparent sponsorship have reached the 5,000 annual cap in less than one month.

What does the change mean? Canada is unlikely to accept further applications under the program until 2016.

  • Implementation timeframe: Immediate.
  • Visas/permits affected: Parent and grandparent permanent resident visas and approvals.
  • Who is affected: Canadian citizens and permanent residents wishing to sponsor parents or grandparents.          
  • Impact on processing times: The current processing time remains a lengthy five to six years.
  • Business impact: Despite high demand, the numerical cap and long wait times severely limit the benefits of this program.
  • Next steps: Applicants will have to wait until next year to reapply. In the meantime, they can explore other options for temporary visits, such as Parent and Grandparent Super Visas.

Background: The popular program reopened Jan. 2 and, as predicted, reached the 5,000-application ceiling within weeks. The program allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor parents or grandparents for permanent residency.

BAL Analysis: Foreign nationals are encouraged to explore other options with their BAL representative, including the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, which is valid for up to 10 years and allows parents and grandparents to visit family for up to two years without renewing their status.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Canada. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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