The Come to Canada Wizard, which helps people determine if they are eligible to come to Canada, has recorded more than 400,000 visits since being launched in August, the Canadian government has announced.
‘This is one way that my department is creating a more responsive, transparent and efficient immigration system that benefits applicant, immigrants and Canadians alike,’ said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.
The Come to Canada tool presents users with a series of questions and, based on their answers, matches them with the federal immigration option that best suits their specific circumstances. It then leads them to a page that breaks down the application steps and provides instructions and forms.
Based on comments from users, over 90% have found Come to Canada to be user friendly and almost the same number say they would recommend the tool to someone they know.
‘The Come to Canada Wizard is simple, concise and self explanatory. I would certainly recommend it to others,’ wrote one user.
‘Steps are easy to follow and understand. In 15 minutes I understood whether I was eligible to apply to come to Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker Programme,’ said another.
This tool will also be updated to integrate the new Parent and Grandparent Super Visa when it comes into effect on 01 December 2011.
‘The new Parent and Grandparent Super Visa will allow applicants to remain in Canada for up to 24 months at a time without the need for renewal of their status,’ said Kenney.
‘The Super Visa will give visiting parents and grandparents certainty that they will be allowed to stay in Canada in the company of their families for a longer period of time,’ he added.
CIC expects that the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa will increase the number admitted by more than 60% in 2012 and added that the visa will be issued within eight weeks of application.
The visa is conditional on a number of requirements including proof of private medical insurance, and a written commitment of financial support from a child or grandchild in Canada who meets a minimum income threshold.
It is estimated that there is a backlog of 165,000 applications from parents and grandparents and some face a wait of years if the new super visa had not been introduced.