Parents and Grandparents to benefit from Canada's multiple entry visa

February 04, 2014


Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, launched the next stage of Parents and Grandparent Program (PGP), the government's initiative to reduce backlogs in the immigration.

As assured, at the beginning of this year, the government restarted the Parents and Grandparents program to accept the 5000 new applications. So far 5,000 complete applications were received by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), and a new intake of applications will be paused until next year. By the end of this year, CIC expects another 20,000 Grandparents and Parents to Canada, making a substantial improvement in wait times for the applicants.

The Canadian government has a steady record of reuniting friends, families and loved ones and has taken steps to reduce backlogs, and improve processing time. Action Plan was launched in the year of 2011 for Faster Family Reunification, and since then the government has cut down backlogs to half and the CIC expects to cut the backlog by 75% by the end of 2015.

Super Visa, allows grandparents and parents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents to stay and visit Canada more quickly, easily and conveniently. Till date, over 28,000 Super Visas have been processed and nearly 98% of applications were approved who have met the requirements.

The new intake into the PGP program will start again in January 2015. More information will be publicly available nearer to that date.

Brief Facts

  • The 5,000 PGP applicants include spouse and dependants, and will represent about 9,000 persons.
  • Under the Super Visa, eligible Canadian citizens can bring their parents and grandparents to stay and visit Canada temporarily.
  • Super Visa is a multi-entry visa that is valid up to 10 years, which allows parents and grandparents to visit and stay in Canada for 2 years without renewing their status. 

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