Canada postpones visa program for parents and grandparents of immigrants

by Marjorie Carmona Newman, ABS-CBN News

EDMONTON — Mervin Cereno had to break some bad news to his parents: they would not be joining him and his family in Canada anytime soon.

The Canadian government announced they won’t be accepting applications for sponsorship under the parents and grandparents program just yet.

“At that time we heard that there is a pause in the PGP program, we feel disappointed again because in 2018 and 2019, we applied for our parents but in 2020 we’re hoping for the better but it turns out to be a waiting game again.”

Byron Andrada was also eager to submit an application this year to bring his parents to Canada to look after his two young children.

“I was disappointed when I heard the news about the postponement of the parents and grandparents program in Canada. We were supposed to sponsor my parents to come here and live with us here in Canada and also to experience our life here in Canada.”

The liberal government announced it will not accept applications for permanent residence under the parents and grandparents program, for now.

According to their announcement, the pause will allow the department sufficient time to complete the development of a new application intake process for the parents and grandparents’ sponsorship program.

It will still be implemented in 2020.

The minister intends to issue further instructions relating to the intake process for the parents and grandparents program by April 1, 2020, at the latest.

Ministerial instructions with respect to the processing of applications for a permanent resident visa made by parents or grandparents of a sponsor as members of the family class and the processing of sponsorship applications made in relation to those applications these instructions are published at the government’s website.

Cereno tried applying in 2019 but did not make it to the cut-off. The online form to submit an intent for sponsorship lasted for only ten minutes after the 10,000 application cap was met.

It was learned that 100,000 people tried to access the online form at the same time. And many could not access the form which drew criticism of the process.

This year, 20,000 applicants will be accepted under the parent and grandparent sponsorship program.

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