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Canada Gives Parents, Grandparents Super Visa Powers

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.

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Canada Gives Parents, Grandparents Super Visa Powers
Posted on December 15, 2011

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:

  • Be a parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Provide a written commitment of financial support from their child or grandchild in Canada, including proof that the child or grandchild meets the minimum necessary income (Low Income Cut-Off);
  • Undergo the Immigration Medical Examination;
  • Submit proof that they have purchased comprehensive Canadian medical insurance, valid for at least one year; and
  • Satisfy the visa officer that they meet all other standard admissibility criteria.

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.

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