Q: I have a mother in the Philippines who is alone and a widow. I filed to sponsor her in Canada back in 2009 and up to now, the application is still in process. Why is it taking too long for her to arrive here with us? Two more years is a long time to wait. What can we do?
A: It is really frustrating but sponsorship for parents is taking Citizenship and Immigration Canada several years to process. As of now, they are only working on late 2007 applications and this is because the immigration department consider parental sponsorship as the lowest priority. The first priority being that of the spouse and dependent children. However, the Immigration Minister has a new policy sent to embassies around the world (Bulletin 306) encouraging them to issue multiple-entry, long-term visas for parents who have already filed their application as permanent residents. To apply for this visa, applicants must prove that they will only stay temporarily and must go through the usual admissibility procedure.
(Note: As of Nov. 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada freezed the parent sponsorship to Canada program for 2 years. The department substituted the Super Visa Program For Parents and Grandparents to make up for its imposition.)
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