Ottawa, January 16, 2015 — Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has received 5,000 new, complete Parent and Grandparent program (PGP) applications for 2015. Intake is now paused and any applications received before intake reopens will be returned to the applicant.
CIC’s backlog elimination efforts remain on track, and our efforts to reunite families faster continue.
Parents and grandparents who wish to visit their family in Canada can continue to apply for the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa. The Super Visa remains a fast, convenient option for parents and grandparents wanting to spend an extended period of time in Canada with their families. To date, more than 45,000 Super Visas have been issued.
Canada has one of the most generous family reunification programs in the world. Since 2012, Canada has welcomed more than 70,000 parents, grandparents and their dependents through the PGP program. This year, Canada will welcome an additional 20,000 as part of the Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification.