Starting December 1, people all over the world who have family members in Canada, can go to a Canadian visa office and apply for a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa.
The Super Visa is super great because processing will be quick and it will respond to a genuine need.
Here is what some people are saying about the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa:
Liberal Immigration Critic Kevin Lamoureux:
It will help families being reunited immensely. A lot of people will be happy to hear about that.
The super-visa, what a wonderful thing to call it. Super-visa, ten years, and we have the five-year multiple visa currently. It’s a great idea. It’ll actually help clear up part of the backlog, there’s no doubt about that.
NDP Immigration Critic Don Davies:
I’m glad that the government’s doing that [introducing a Super Visa].
Don Davies, NDP immigration critic, welcomed the new visa and the increased intake of parents and grandparents.
(Globe and Mail – November 4, 2011)
NDP immigration critic Don Davies said he’s pleased to see the introduction of a supervisa.
(Calgary Herald – November 5, 2011)
The Opposition NDP welcomed the idea of the new visa.
(Canadian Press – November 4, 2011)
Richard Kurland, Immigration Lawyer:
The Minister’s Ten year Visa is, however, what most of my clients just want: to come to Canada to stay with their kids for a while and go home.
(Globe and Mail – November 4, 2011)
Thomas Tam, CEO, SUCCESS:
I would like to see that [extended stay multiple-entry visa] tried out, at least to solve the immediate backlogs and also to help a lot of families.
My gut feeling is that at least one third or half of the parents do not have very strong intentions of staying permanently.
Naeem (Nick) Noorani, President and CEO, Destination Canada Information Inc.:
I think the super visa is frankly a silver bullet. I have spoken to a lot of immigrants. A lot of parents don’t want to come to Canada because they’ve got their own networks back home.
I think what this would allow is allow parents to come and go back and forth. The only reason why many of them actually apply for the family class visa is because it’s a problem getting visitor visas. I believe that the super visa will alleviate a lot of them.
It allows you to go back and forth. This is the freedom it allows you to have. I don’t think we’ve ever had this kind of thing before, and I think it’s great.
Tom Pang, President, Chinese Canadian Community Alliance:
Indeed, if they only want to come to Canada to be with their family, then all we need to do is to give them an extended visa. They will pay for their own transportation, their own health insurance, their own living expenses. That way we solve the backlog problem and they get to be united with their family.
I agree that we should give them an extended visa to come, a visitor’s visa, as long as they don’t become a burden on society.
I think the backlog would definitely drop. Either people would take the visa and come as visitors or some people would drop out of the queue.
Amy Casipullai, Senior Policy and Communications Co-ordinator, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI):
It’s a really good idea. It could be a way for parents and grandparents to be here while their applications for sponsorship are being processed.
The multiple-entry visa will open up opportunities for many more people and that will definitely cut down on the backlog.
Mr. Roger Bhatti, Immigration Lawyer:
I would submit that the suggestion that a 10-year multiple-entry visa be granted to alleviate the difficulty for those waiting in the cue is an important consideration. It’s a good suggestion. It’s one which, in dealing with my clients, they definitely have a positive reaction to and it is a positive step that would alleviate some of the distress that’s been caused by the increase in the wait periods which is now approaching seven years for most parents and grandparents.
When I do discuss it with clients, more often than not they regard it as a very attractive alternative. For many of the families, they have a cultural aspect of living in extended families. And their parents often still want to maintain some kind of presence in the home country or be able to visit there again.
At the same time, the 10-year multiple entry visa is going to allow our medical system some benefit. These visitors will, then, be obtaining private insurance for their visits. And the potential concern with the stress and strain on Canada’s social structure will no longer be as acute. So it’s a very good alternative, one that my clients, once they’re made aware of it, are very much in favour of.
I do think this would be a very attractive alternative that provides a number of benefits and allows the social structure to maintain itself while allowing some family reunification on a regular basis.
Manpreet Grewal, Abbotsford-based writer:
Few would argue the wisdom of the new parent and grandparent super visa. In principle and on paper, it is a nice piece of policy work rooted in the reality of many immigrants’ family lives.
The super visa will allow parents and grandparents to follow a natural flow between Canada and other countries without creating an unnecessary burden on the Canadian taxpayer or spinning families into unnecessary stress.