The Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, announced today that there was a 15% increase in immigration under the family class in the year 2012.
In 2012, 65,000 permanent residents were admitted to Canada under the family class, which represents a 15% increase from 2011. This increase also represents a 60% increase in the number of parents and grandparents admitted to Canada, which is the highest level in 20 years. These figures do not include accompanying family members immigrating under Canada’s other immigration streams.
The Minister also announced that the backlog for parents and grandparents will have been reduced by 50% by the end of 2013, with wait times cut in half.
In addition, an average of over 1000 super visas have been issued each month, at an approval rate of nearly 90%. The super visa provides flexibility for parents and grandparents who do not wish to immigrate permanently but want to be reunited with their families quickly and to spend an extended amount of time with them.
The Minister noted that since 2006, Canada has welcomed the highest sustained levels of immigration in Canadian history.
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