Last year as a part of their effort to clear a massive immigration application backlog, the Government of Canada announced they would not be accepting any new applications to sponsor parents and grandparents to Canada. Some of these permanent residency applications were taking up to eight years to be processed.
Instead, the Government of Canada offered up something of a compromise: the Super Visa. The Super Visa is a temporary visa that allows the parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to visit Canada multiple times during a 10-year period, for visits of up to two years at a time.
Since the program was unveiled, over 15,000 people have applied for one and as of the end of this past October, 11,500 people have been accepted, or 87 per cent.
The program is being considered as a success by many, because it provides flexibility to parents and grandparents who don’t actually want to permanently immigrate to Canada but who only want to visit their family members for long periods of time. Many of these parents and grandparents do not want to be in Canada permanently and still have family back home, but the parent and grandparent sponsorship option was the only one that was suitable at the time – before the Super Visa was introduced.
However, some families have found the Super Visa to be expensive, because the family members in Canada must not only meet a certain income level but the applicant must also buy medical insurance.