Super Visa keeps getting more popular - 20,000 and counting! - More than 1,000 Super Visas issued every month

OTTAWA, July 11, 2013 /CNW/ - More than 20,000 Parent and Grandparent Super Visas have been issued since the program's launch in December 2011, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

"The government is committed to family reunification and the Super Visa provides families with the flexibility to spend longer periods of time with loved ones," said Minister Kenney. "It's an innovative way of giving parents and grandparents the freedom to travel back and forth between Canada and their home country, helping them stay connected with families and friends both in Canada and at home, without the hassle of having to reapply every time."

With over 1,000 Super Visas being issued monthly, this has become one of Citizenship and Immigration Canada's most popular programs. The approval rate remains high at 85 percent.

The Super Visa is a multiple entry visa that is valid for up to ten years, while offering holders the option of staying in Canada for up to two years at a time. This reduces the need for frequent visitors to renew their status during an extended family visit.

The process for getting a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa is simple and straightforward. Applicants for the Super Visa must provide proof that the host child or grandchild meets a minimum income level, demonstrate that they have purchased comprehensive Canadian medical insurance and undergo the immigration medical examination. To date, almost 99 percent of Super Visa applicants who met these requirements were approved.

"We understand that what families want most is to spend more time with their loved ones," said Minister Kenney. "The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa is yet another way the government is bringing families together."

Backgrounder: Applying for a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa

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SOURCE: Citizenship and Immigration Canada

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