Canadian Visas Projected to Drop by 5%

New figures indicate the federal government hopes to reduce overall immigration next year by five per cent, mainly by cutting back on family reunification visas. Among the hardest hit by the lower immigration targets will be parents and grandparents looking to join their children and grandchildren in Canada. According to a report by CBC News:

The figures indicate the government will issue about 11,000 family reunification visas for parents and grandparents overseas, down from more than 16,000 last year.

A Sponsor can only be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. The sponsor must be at least 19 years old and physically reside in Canada (or able to demonstrate an intention to reside in Canada by the time the sponsored family member lands in Canada).

A Quick Look at Family Class Sponsorship Criteria

In order for your relative to qualify as a sponsor, he/she must be:

  • Your spouse or
  • Your Mother or Father or*
  • Your Grandmother or Grandfather or*
  • Your dependent child
  • Your brother, sister, nephew, niece who is orphaned under the age of 19 years and who is unmarried
  • Any relative who has no relatives listed above whom they can sponsor
*NOTE: Parental and Grandparent Sponsorships have been put on hold for at least 2 years. Consider applying for a Super Visa to fast tract Parent and Grand parent visas for Canada.

Understanding the parameters involved in sponsorship is often complicated. Getting in touch with an immigration professional who is familiar with the in’s and out’s of the process may provide the support and insight you may require.

Sharry Aiken, a teacher of immigration and refugee law at Queen’s University added:

The presence of family, which is one of those softer variables — it’s very hard to quantify — can make a huge difference as to whether someone settles here and integrates effectively

The matter is still a very hot button issue with no signs of slowing down soon. Staying current and informed seems to be the only true recourse of those families affected.

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