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Significant changes to spousal sponsorship for Canada
By Stephen Fogarty December 8, 2016

Major announcements were made by the Canadian Immigration Minister Honourable John McCallum on December 7, 2016 regarding sponsorship of spouses to settle as a permanent resident of Canada. Mr. McCallum used a day care centre as backdrop to emphasize the importance of family reunification (see image with this article from … Read More




Update on parent and grandparent immigration sponsorship in Canada
By Stephen Fogarty January 8, 2016

No sooner had the Canadian Immigration department reopened the parent and grandparent sponsorship program on January 4, 2016, then overnight on January 7th it was announced that 14,000 applications had already been received, and so no new applications would be accepted.According to the official announcement, “The first 5,000 complete applications received will be placed in the inventory queue. Canada is committed to reuniting families and the Government of Canada is seeking to increase the intake of parent and grandparent sponsorship applications from 5,000 to 10,000 per year. In light of this commitment, IRCC will retain the first 10,000 complete applications.” Read More



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