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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Super Visa popularity - a good thing for Canada?

According to the CIC, The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa program is an overwhelming success. More than 1,000 visas a month are now being granted under this program.

The Super Visa is a multiple entry visa that is valid for up to ten years, 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.

But is this success a good thing? One thing the program does not offer is a path to permanent residence for parents and grandparents. Family reunification is one of the foundations of Canadian immigration programs, yet this category of immigrant has been cut off for over two years while a huge backlog of applications has been cut down. The program starts up again in 2014, but at that time, only 5,000 applications a year will be accepted.

The Super Visa demand illustrates that families want to be reunited in Canada, and provides the illusion that they are: however, these visitors, no matter if they are here a few months, or ten years, are still just visitors, with none of the rights of permanent residence, without the ability to work, without healthcare or any social support.

The Super Visa program puts a huge stress on sponsors, and robs Canada of motivated, mature individuals who could otherwise contribute to the growth of our nation.

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