Canada Extends Super Visa Programme For A Year

10 Dec 2012


Immigration News

Punjabis living abroad are bonding with their parents and grandparents on the shores of British Columbia, Calgary and Langley like never before. A year after the Canadian government began offering super visas for parents and grandparents of immigrants, that allows multiple entries to Canada over a 10-year period, there is a reason to rejoice. The visa programme which has elicited maximum response from Punjab has been extended by the Canadian government for another year.

Scot Slessor, consul general of Canada, told TOI that the programme had been a hit with immigrant population, especially Punjabis. While within a month of its announcement in December last year, more than 1,000 visa applications had landed at the Canadian consulate in Chandigarh, the office has seen a rush of over 7,000 applications within a year.

Figures from the citizenship and immigration department of Canada reveal that more than 15,000 people have applied for the new visa since the programme was unveiled last year. Till end of October, the department had processed more than 13,000 applications, of which 87%, or about 11,500, have been accepted.

Under the action plan for 'faster family unification', the Canadian government is targeting the admission of 25,000 parents and grandparents for the second year in a row, for a total of 50,000 between this year and next. This is a 60% annual increase from 2010 and the highest level in nearly two decades. It is expected that about 35,000 parents and grandparents will be reunited with their families next year in Canada. More than half of these are expected to be from Punjab.

Last year, after the Canadian government announced it would freeze permanent residency applications from parents and grandparents for two years, it offered the super visa instead, which is being used as stop-gap arrangement for Punjabis. "More than half of the Indo-Canadian population is from Punjab and there are hundreds of elderly people who are just waiting to meet their sons, grandsons, granddaughters and spend time with them. We are just facilitating that," said Slessor.

However, the super-visa programme has come under sharp attack for its cost factor because it requires the applicant to buy medical insurance coverage for $100,000 and requires their families in Canada to have a certain income level.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Canada-extends-super-visa-programme-for-a-year/articleshow/17552131.cms


QUICK ENQUIRY

  • Send me regular updates and alerts
This has been a perfect service. Vamsi has ...

Axxxxx xxxxx
Australia

AUSTRALIAN VISA...

Processing visa through Opulentus has been an awesome ...

Sxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxI
Australia

AUSTRALIAN VISA...

The process at Opulentus is smooth, transparent and ...

Vxxxxxx xxxxxxx
Australia

AUSTRALIAN VISA...

It was a good experience with opulentus team, ...

Sxxxxxxx xxxxxxA
Australia

AUSTRALIAN VISA...

It had been very good journey and experience ...

Jxxxxxx xxxxxxA
Australia

AUSTRALIAN VISA...

PR process along with Opulentus was very smooth. ...

Pxxxxxxxxx xxxxxA
Australia

AUSTRALIAN VISA...

From the first day of me walking in ...

Nxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx
Australia

AUSTRALIAN VISA...

I would like to thank OPULENTUS and Mrs.Ashwini ...

Vxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxx
Australia

AUSTRALIAN VISA...

Hi, The journey of getting the VISA was smooth ...

Dxxxxxx xxxxxxxxI
Australia

AUSTRALIAN VISA...

I would like to take this opportunity to ...

Hxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxN
Australia

AUSTRALIAN VISA...

View All