Canada issues first parent and grandparent super visa

by mfefadmin on December 21, 2011

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.

 Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism announced that the first visa was processed in just two weeks. ‘We pledged to process the parent and grandparent super visa in less than eight weeks, we’ve issued the first in just two weeks and we remain committed to reuniting families through the super visa in a timely manner,’ he said.

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,’ Kenney 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.

With the parent and grandparent super visa, eligible parents and grandparents will pay fewer fees and have greater certainty that they will be able to enjoy the company of their families in Canada for a longer period of time.

Kenney also announced that live in carer are now able to get open work permits about 18 months sooner than before. He said the move was a response to the situation where too many live in carers have completed their work obligations but must continue living in the home of their employer, waiting for their application for permanent residence to be reviewed.

‘This is understandably frustrating. That’s why we have started issuing open work permits to live in carers as soon as they have completed their obligations and submitted an application for permanent residence,’ he explained.

The Live in Caregiver Programme (LCP) allows Canadian families to hire workers from abroad to provide care to a child, an elderly person or an adult with disabilities when there is a demonstrated shortage of Canadians and permanent residents to fill available positions. They are obliged to work for two years, or 3,900 hours, and then become eligible to apply for permanent residence in Canada. Until now they had to wait for an initial approval on their application for permanent residence before being eligible for an open work permit.

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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Rob December 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Myparents are applying for Canadian Super Visa. I have some questions about that.

-Can they come to Canada on normal visitor visa and later if they want to, apply for supervisa when in Canada?

-Can they buy insurance from their home country or they have to buy this 1 year insurance from Canadian company?



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