Canada - Parents and Grandparent's Visa Changes 2014

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Changes to the Grandparents Visa in Canada - will they apply to you?

Canada - Parent and Grandparent Visa Changes 2014

A Canadian special immigration programme which has been in the pipeline for months has finally been launched today, date 2nd January 2014, allowing all permanent residents of Canada whether Canadian born or Permanent Residents Via Visa’s the ability to sponsor any older ancestors such as parents or Grandparents that are foreign born to be allowed entry into the country as the sponsors financial responsibility.

The programme is called the new ‘Parent and Grandparent Programme in 2014’ and will accept up to 5,000 sponsorship applicants. Three years previously in 2011 the Canadian Government had to freeze sponsorship visa programmes due to a huge backlog with some applicants facing an eight year waiting time. The new programmes initial idea is to provide faster processing times and shorter waits.

There are now many changes to Parent and Grandparents sponsorship and these include your sponsor increasing from 10 years to 20 years and that the minimum income for those who are the sponsor is now 30% higher than it was.

The cap is at 5,000 and the restrictions are hard to meet this is because the Canadian Government feel this is appropriate to ensure that those of mature age migrating here will not being a drain on society by seeking social assistance. This revelation has caused many a heated debate with the fact that migrants have contributed phenomenally to society and to create such prejudices and so publicly is something from the dark ages and should not be a brand new programme introduced in the year 2014.

However the Canadian Government will not be swayed and the rules that are in place and are going to be altered any time soon.

Many migration destinations have similar rules in place regarding older relatives joining you in your chosen country and the rules in Canada are not unique. Migrants are accepted and welcomed into societies if it is felt they are ‘desirable’, with applicants under a Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship it is likely they will be of retirement age and if not investors will be little if anything to the economy of the country and this is the reality. Popular countries for migration have to crack down somewhere and make changes which will upset some to benefit the majority and this brings many tough decisions to the Government and Immigration Authorities who know that whatever the decision is that is made is going to face criticism.


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author avatar Funom Makama
18th Mar 2014 (#)

I consider this a welcomed development. The government has no obligations to accommodate more responsibilities to individuals irrespective of their ages... So, this new visa program will ensure that comes to place. Nice to see governments who so care for their people and put them into considerations in all decision making.

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