Canadian Immigration Department Issues over 15,000 Super Visas Since Dec 2011
The federal government has issued over 15,000 Parent and Grandparent Super Visas since the launch of the program in December 2011.
The visa replaces the prior Parent and Grandparent Family Class sponsorship stream, whereby Canadian permanent residents and citizens could sponsor their parents and grandparents for permanent residence.
Instead, the Super Visa gives holders multiple re-entries into Canada for up to ten years, and allows them to stay in Canada for up to two years on each stay, unlike other visitor visas which only allow a stay of up to six months each time.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) says that Super Visa applicants are required to prove they are financially self-sufficient, have comprehensive medical insurance during their stay in Canada, and have passed the medical check required of applicants for immigration to Canada, that verifies that the applicant has no costly medical conditions.
The acceptance rate for Super Visa applications is 86 percent according to CIC.
I THINK GOVT. SHOULD NEVER OPEN FAMILY CLASS P.G.P.
KEEP THEM ON SUPER VISA
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Since I started the sponsorship application for my parents on 2009, I’ve received nothing but an acknowledgment. The application requires all sponsors to prove their required minimum income, because these (us) sponsors are responsible for all our parents expenses for a period of 10 years. (Should they live long enough: 7-9 years application processing time + 10 years commitment = Min 17 years. My father is 70+ so he’ll be 87+)
Now, here comes the sad part: I’m not going to be able to help them financially as much as they can help me. They have their whole life savings to bring to Canada. I think the Government must be UNWISE to postpone / stop parent sponsorship applications; we need all that money which comes along with people who won’t be competitors in our job market.