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TORONTO: The acceptance of application for immigration under the Parent and Grandparent program (PGP) has come to an end as the annual cap of 5,000 applications has been reached.
Because of the huge backlog of applications from parents and grandparents of those already in this country, Canada put a cap of 5,000 on the number of new applications it would accept each year in 2011.
According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), 20,000 parents and grandparents will be admitted into Canada this year as it works to reduce to the backlog. By 2015, the backlog will be reduced by 75 per cent, claims CIC.
Meanwhile, the country has introduced the so-called Super Visa so that parents and grandparents who are waiting for their immigration application to be processed can visit Canada and stay here for up to two years at a time. The Super Visa is for 10 years.
Since 2012, more than 28,000 Super Visas have been issued by Canada to let parents and grandparents visit Canada.