Super Visa for Parents now launched

Super Visa Applications for Parents and Grandparents

Today is the day that Canada immigration gets “Super”. Super Visas for Parents and Grandparents are now effective. We wrote about the new Super Visa program here.

Super Visas are Visas for Parents and Grandparents of Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents who wish to come to Canada on a temporary basis. Super Visas will be issued for up to 10 years and allow applicants to remain in Canada up to 24 months at a time. This program will serve to alleviate the backlog of Parental Sponsorships currently in process which in some cases can take 7 years to process.

CIC promises that Super Visas will be processed on an expedited basis. That will remain to be seen. There is also a 2 year moratorium on Parental and Grandparent Sponsorships in place to clear the backlog. This means that no permanent resident applications will be accepted for at least a 2 year period. However, it is expected that more parents and grandparents of Canadians will be coming to Canada under the Super Visas program.

Super Visas to be processed quickly

There are obvious pros and cons to the Super Visa Application but generally I see this a positive development in that it will bring families together, provided CIC keeps its promises. I would hope that these Super Visas will be issued frequently and in a timely manner despite the fact that many applicants do indeed wish to ultimatley settle in Canada on a permanent  basis. And in two years time, once the backlog is cleared, I would hope that CIC would re-intititue the Parental and Grandparent sponsorships for Permanenet Residence once again. After all family reunification is a fundamental principle of Canada Immigration policy.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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