Compared to the United States – where the waiting period for parents of US citizens applying for permanent residency takes about a year, parents of Canadian residents and citizens must wait for eight years.
That was until December 1, 2011.
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced that the first applications for Super Visas for parents and grandparents of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident were accepted 24 days before Christmas.
Minister Kenny said, “the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa is one element of Phase I of the Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification, announced in November this year.
The Super Visa will allow applicants to remain in Canada for up to 24 months at a time without having to renew their status.
The Immigration Minister said that to be eligible, the parent or grandparent applicant must:
And the best part?
Successful applicants will fly up, up and away in eight (8) weeks instead of waiting for eight years to be reunited with their family.