Parents and Grandparents Program will not open on April 1, 2020

Parents and Grandparents Program will not open on April 1, 2020

Parents and Grandparents Program will not open on April 1, 2020
Recently, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) clarified that the launch date for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) is not April 1. IRCC spokesperson Peter Liang said in reply to enquires that April 1 is the date that the department will have the next Ministerial Instruction issued, not the date that PGP will be reopened to accept applications. IRCC is currently developing a new intake process for the 2020 PGP, which will replace the “first come, first served” intake process. The new intake management process will ensure that all interested sponsors have the same opportunity to submit an interest to sponsor form, and a fair chance to be invited to apply.

#Family_immigration, #Parents_sponsorship, #PGP, #IRCC

IRCC released the national quotas for some of the IEC countries
On January 3, 2020, Canada finally released the quotas for some last countries in the International Experience Canada (IEC) 2020 season. Austria, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, and Spain combined were allocated 2,605 spots, and among them 2,135 in the Working Holiday category, in which candidates do not need a job offer. The biggest quotas among those countries have been allocated for the Working Holiday categories for Spain (800), Poland (635), and Slovakia (315). At this moment the only countries whose initial quota has not been determined yet are Greece and the United Kingdom. The national quotas may be increased later. The first rounds of invitations will be held on January 6, 2020.

#IEC, #Working_Holiday, #ITA, #IRCC, #Work_Permit

Super visa as an alternative to bring your parents to Canada
The super visa program that was launched in November 2011 to bring parents or grandparents to Canada is working very well. If a sponsor fulfills the eligibility criteria, then the applicant gets a super visa easily. The Canadian sponsor needs to prove they have a blood relationship with the one who is being sponsored and needs to meet income requirements to bring their loved ones to Canada. The traveller must have a health insurance policy that is bought from a Canadian company and they should be medically admissible to the country. A super visa is a multiple entry visa, granted for 10 years. Super visa travellers can stay for up to 2 years in Canada.

#Family_immigration, #Super_visa, #TRV

IRCC updated the Global Case Management System (GCMS)
On January 03, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) informed that the Global Case Management System (GCMS) Release 21 was implemented on December 3, 2019. According to the notice, the GCMS will now systematically create the acknowledgement of the claim correspondence record when a refugee claim is promoted in GCMS. In cases when the claimant is processed on the same day, the record can be ignored; otherwise, it must be printed and given to the claimant. In addition, GCMS will also systematically provide the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) coverage to claimants after their claim is promoted. IRCC employees no longer need to create an IFHP application in the system for these claimants.