ANNOUNCEMENT 10 May 2013

On 10 May 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced that the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) would be re-activated starting on 2 January 2014. The program was suspended in November 2011 due to a high backlog in processing. The PGP allows Canadian residents to sponsor the immigration of their children, parents and grandparents in order to facilitate family reunification. Measures such as these affect the treatment of migrants and may influence the incentive of foreigners to migrate to Canada in the first place.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

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  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising
Inception date: 02 Jan 2014 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Post-migration treatment

At the same time, the minimum necessary income (MNI) for sponsoring is increased by 30%. Also, the period considered for verification of the MNI is extended from one year to three years. Notices of assessment issued by the Canada Revenue Agency are the only valid document for the purpose of calculating the MNI. The number of years in which a sponsor is considered responsible for his/her family members is doubled, from 10 to 20 years. The maximum age at which children can be considered as dependents is reduced from 22 to 18 years of age.

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Inception date: 02 Jan 2014 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Post-migration treatment

In 2014, CIC will accept 5000 new sponsorship applications and will apply some changes to the program itself; among others: - a Super Visa is instituted, which is a 10-years multiple-entry visa allowing sponsored family members to remain in Canada up to two years at a time.
 
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