the CanadaVisa Team - 30 October, 2013
The Parent and Grandparent (PGP) sponsorship program, which is currently closed, is set to begin accepting applications again in January. In the meantime, the government has been working to quickly process backlogged applications. Its goal to admit 50,000 parents and grandparents over the past two years is set to be surpassed, and a further 20,000 are expected to be admitted in 2014. This will result in the largest number of new permanent residents through this program in nearly 20 years.
“The modernized PGP program will mean faster processing times and shorter waits,” said Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. “It will also ensure that families have the financial means to support those they sponsor, while also protecting the interests of taxpayers.”
Meanwhile, the Live-In Caregiver Program will admit 17,500 new permanent residents next year. This represents almost double the number issued visas this year, and will be the highest number in the program’s history. The program helps qualified caregivers enter Canada to work for employers who have not found Canadians to fill their positions. After two years of work, they may apply for Canadian permanent residency.