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.

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