Canada issues first parent and grandparent super visa

Canada’s first parent and grandparent super visa has already been issued in a matter of weeks in a move aimed at reuniting families.

The parent and grandparent super visa was launched as an option for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents looking to visit their families in Canada for an extended period of time.

Kenney explained that the process for getting a super visa is simple and straightforward. Applicants use the same form as applicants for the standard six month visitor visa. They must also submit proof that the host child or grandchild meets a minimum income, demonstrate that they have purchased comprehensive Canadian medical insurance and undergo the standard immigration medical examination.

The first super visa was issued at the Canadian mission in Manila on December 14, 2011, two weeks after CIC began accepting applications.

‘With the super visa, we have taken a common sense approach that allows parents and grandparents to spend extended periods of time with their loved ones in Canada, while at the same time, acting responsibly in protecting Canadian taxpayers. I’m pleased that the response to this programme has been so positive,’ Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism added.

Before the super visa was launched at the beginning of the month visitors to Canada usually could only visit for six months at a time and visitors who wished to stay longer had to apply for extensions and pay a new fee every six months.

An open work permit allows the carer to move out of their employer’s home and seek jobs in other fields, if that is their wish. As of December 11, 2011, all live in carers who had met their obligations and submitted an application for permanent residence have had their files reviewed. Those who submitted an open work permit application with no missing information are being issued open work permits.

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