Family arrivals to Canada increasing

There was a 15 per cent increase in immigration to Canada through the country’s family class category last year, the country’s Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced earlier this week.

There was a 15 per cent increase in immigration to Canada through the country’s family class category last years, the country’s Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced earlier this week.“The actions taken by the government are helping more families reunite,” said Minister Kenney. “We have created additional avenues and flexibility, so that an increasing number of families can spend more time with each other.”In 2012, Canada admitted 65,000 permanent residents in the family class, a 15 per cent more than in 2011. This includes a 60 per cent increase in the number of parents and grandparents admitted to Canada, the highest level in 20 years.These numbers do not include family members that immigrate to Canada under other immigration streams, including the Federal Skilled Worker and Provincial Nominee programmes.“The Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification has been a success,” continued Minister Kenney. “By reducing the backlog through increased admissions, we have dramatically reduced wait times so that parents and grandparents no longer have to wait close to a decade to be reunited with their loved ones.”By the end of 2013, the parents and grandparents backlog will have been reduced by about 50 percent with wait times cut in half. Without the Action Plan, the backlog was projected to surpass 250,000 with a 15-year wait time by 2015.The Super Visa has provided flexibility for parents and grandparents who do not want to immigrate permanently but want to be reunited with their families quickly and spend an extended amount of time with them. An average of over 1,000 Super Visas have been issued each month and the approval rate is very high at nearly 90 per cent.You can find out more about Canada’s family, and other, visa classes, by visiting http://www.emigrate2.co.uk/canada/visas/This article was provided by Halo Financial, who offer a full range of foreign exchange products to ensure your specific needs are met.

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