Canada will take in 10,000 parent, grandparent sponsorship applications this year
By Susana Mas, CBC News Posted: Jan 08, 2016 6:39 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 08, 2016 9:08 PM ET
Immigration Minister John McCallum says 10,000 applications for reunification of parents and grandparents will be accepted this year, despite a notice posted on the government’s web site earlier this week cautioning applicants that a 5,000 annual cap was still in place.
In an interview Friday on CBC News Network’s Power & Politics, McCallum said the government received over 14,000 new applications from Canadians who want to sponsor their parents and grandparents after it re-opened the program on Monday.
McCallum said the government will accept 10,000 applications in keeping with the Liberal Party’s pledge to double the 5,000 cap previously put in place by the Conservatives.
“We’ve kept the first 10,000 — so those 10,000 will be up and running,” McCallum told host Rosemary Barton.
“So we are certainly honouring that commitment.”
A notice posted on the government’s web site Thursday said the application period is now closed and that the Immigration Department will retain the first 10,000 “complete” applications.
“More information on this increase will be forthcoming, including information on when we will be returning applications not added to the inventory,” the notice said.