Alarmed by a waiting period of about seven years for more than 165,000 parents and grandparents who have applied for permanent residency through Canada’s Family sponsorship program, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney stopped the processing of immigrant visas for these family members in November 2011..
As an alleviating measure, the Canadian government gave the go signal in creating a Super Visa for parents and grandparents, allowing senior members to join their families in Canada for up to 10 years on a temporary visa.
Late last month, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced that its new Parent and Grandparent Super Visa program has been incredibly successful in its first 6 months of operation. Since the program was introduced on 1 December 2012, over 3,500 visas have been issued.
“The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa is a great success,” said Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. “Our government is committed to family reunification. I’m happy to see that the program is growing and that more and more eligible parents and grandparents are getting the opportunity to spend longer periods of time with their loved ones in Canada.”
Canada’s Immigration Ministry reported that the approval rate for super visas for parents and grandparents is 83%.
Meanwhile, the Government of Canada has adopted measures reduce the backlog in permanent residency applications of senior family members by:
“The Government of Canada is fully committed to helping families reunite,” said Minister Kenney. “We recognize that what parents and grandparents want most is to be able to spend time with their families.”