By the end of 2014, the backlog of Parent and Grandparent program applications will be 50 percent lower than two years ago, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced today. Prior to enforcing the plan to reduce the backlog, CIC projected the backlog would have escalated to 250,000 applications and by 2015, a 15-year wait time.
Minister Alexander emphasized Canada’s aim to “reunite more families in 2014” as part of the larger commitment to family reunification. The Minister has indicated that the Canadian Government is on the path to reach its goal of admitting 50,000 grandparents and parents between 2012 and 2013. As part of the annual levels plan, another 20,000 grandparents and parents are projected to be admitted in 2014 alone.
In January 2014, the Parent and Grandparent program will re-open with a cap of 5,000 applications annually, and a new set of criteria relating to eligibility of sponsors. CIC’s new cap is in place “to allow for the elimination of the existing backlog and future backlogs.” New forms, instructions and information will be released over the next several weeks.
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