OTTAWA — For the first time since 2011, the feds will accept a trickle of new applications to sponsor parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada.
The applications are capped at 5,000 for the year.
Once that cap is reached, the feds will slam the door shut until 2015.
The Conservative government froze new sponsorships of parent and grandparent immigrants in the fall of 2011.
At the time, mothers and fathers were waiting up to seven years to see their cases processed and the backlog of applicants had ballooned to 165,000.
Under the new system, processing should take between 12 and 24 months.
And the new system will include new, tighter admissibility rules that the feds are expected to reveal next week.