According to John McCallum, Canadian Immigration Minister, around 10,000 applications for the reunification of parents and grandparents would be accepted this year, regardless of the notice which was posted on the website of the government prior this week cautioning the applicants that 5000 yearly limit was still there.
McCallum told that the Canadian government had got more than 14,000 latest applications from the citizens of Canada who seek to sponsor their parents and grandparents after it started the program.
McCallum informed that the Canadian government would accept 10,000 applications in keeping with the promise to double the 5000 limit.
A notice that was posted on the Canadian government website informed that the period of application is now closed and that the department of immigration would keep the initial 10,000 complete applications.
As per the notice, any additional information on this increase would be approaching, including the information on when we would be returning the applications that are not added to inventory.
In the year 2011, Conservatives had halted the new applications for minimizing the massive backlog of eight years. An yearly limit was started when the program was restarted again in the year 2014.
According to the current information that is posted on the website of immigration department, wait time for reunification of parents and grandparents is upwards of four years with Canadian government is working on the processing of applications that are received on or before 4th November 2011.
McCallum said that the waiting times are too high, and this is one of the concerns we had to address.