Parent and Grandparent Immigration Program to Re-Open in 2014

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced on Friday that it will lift the moratorium on new Parent and Grandparent (PGP) permanent resident applications on January 2, 2014. The program has been closed to new applications since November 2011 to give CIC time to work down the mounting backlog of parent and grandparent sponsorship applications. Commenting […]

Family Class Immigration Increases by 15% in 2012

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced on Tuesday a 15 percent increase in the number of individuals admitted under the family class immigration program in 2012 over the year before. In the announcement, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney promoted CIC’s faster processing of family class applications: “By reducing the backlog through increased admissions, we […]

Canadian Immigration Department Issues over 15,000 Super Visas Since Dec 2011

The federal government has issued over 15,000 Parent and Grandparent Super Visas since the launch of the program in December 2011. The visa replaces the prior Parent and Grandparent Family Class sponsorship stream, whereby Canadian permanent residents and citizens could sponsor their parents and grandparents for permanent residence. Instead, the Super Visa gives holders multiple […]

Visitors and Students to Canada From India Booming According to Immigration Department

The number of visitor visas the Canadian government issues in India’s Punjab region has increased by 300 percent from 2005 levels according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). CIC says that approximately 17,608 visitor visas were issued in 2012 by its Chandigarh office, which serves the Punjab region. The growth in the number of Indian […]

Canadian Prime Minister Lays Out His Vision For Immigration To Canada

In an interview on Saturday with the Globe and Mail, Canada’s largest national newspaper, Prime Minister Stephen Harper expounded in length on his vision for Canada’s immigration programs. He told the Globe that competition for skilled international workers would heat up over the coming years, as “the demographic changes .. the aging population, start to […]