TORONTO: Canada has issued more than 15,000 Parent and Grandparent Super Visas since December 2011 when the programme was launched, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced today.
The Super Visa – a multiple entry visa valid for up to 10 years – allows parents and grandparents to visit Canada for up to two years at a time.
“The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa provides families with flexibility, and it is clearly growing in popularity,” said Minister Kenney. “Our government is committed to family reunification. I am pleased to see that more and more parents and grandparents are getting the opportunity to spend longer periods of time with their loved ones in Canada.”
With over 1,000 Super Visas issued monthly, approval rates remain high at 86 percent, the minister said.
This Super Visa gives visiting parents and grandparents the freedom to travel back and forth between Canada and their home country without long waits.
Applicants for the Super Visa must provide proof that the host child or grandchild meets a minimum income level, demonstrate that they have purchased comprehensive Canadian medical insurance and undergo the immigration medical examination.
Almost 99 percent of Super Visa applicants who met these requirements fulfilled admissibility criteria, the minister said.