Ministerial Instructions: Parents and Grandparents

Effective February 27, 2016, new Ministerial Instructions were issued to amend the Ministerial Instructions published on June 15, 2013 (MI9). The amendment doubled the number of Parent and Grandparent sponsorship applications accepted for processing from 5,000 to 10,000 in 2016. This cap increase fulfilled the Government’s commitment and reflects the importance of family reunification as a core immigration priority.

Also on February 27, 2016, a second set of Ministerial Instructions was issued, which would come into force on January 1, 2017. These Ministerial Instructions would replace the ones published on June 15, 2013 and amended on February 27, 2016, and would set the cap for Parent and Grandparent sponsorship applications at 10,000 per year going forward.

Both sets of Ministerial Instructions were subsequently repealed and replaced by MI21.

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