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Canada’s Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced in mid-May 2012 that the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa program, which the country’s immigration department introduced in December of 2011, “is a great success”.

Since the beginning of the program in December 1, 2011, the country’s immigration department has granted more than 3,500 Super Visas to parents and grandparents of Canadian immigrants, with over 1,000 of the Super Visas approved in less than three months since the start of the program. By March 2012, the program had an approval rate of 77 percent. Now, the approval rate is at 83 percent, which is further indication of the program’s success.

As fruit of its success, the said program is expected to grow further and to help more and more parents and grandparents gain entry to Canada and spend extended periods of time with their loved ones who are already living in Canada, provided that the applicants are found eligible. As Minister Kenney himself put it, the program is a sign of Canada’s commitment to “family reunification.”

The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa program features a very simple and straightforward process for applying for a Canadian Super Visa. Interested applicants only need to submit proof that the host child or grandchild living in Canada meets the required minimum income level, has undergone the Immigration Medical Examination, and has purchased a comprehensive Canadian medical insurance.

According to the most recent program reports, ninety-nine percent of applicants were able to meet all visa requirements along with the standard admissibility criteria that the country requires all visa applicants to meet, and were therefore granted entry to the country.

Furthermore, all visa applications were processed within an average of eight weeks, in keeping with the department’s pledge when it first launched the said program. As of press time, the department is continuously meeting its target processing time with no exception. In fact, in February 2012, it was reported that 80 percent of the processed Super Visa applications were met with a final decision within 41 calendar days, a timeframe even shorter than the 8-week target. This shows that not only is the program successful, but that the Canadian immigration department was also able to execute it efficiently and reliably.

The program is another proof that Canada’s generous and successful immigration programs are some of the best in the world. The issue of parent and grandparent immigration is a major one that has been found challenging by many countries and many expats the world over. In most cases, the desire to bring parents and grandparents overseas becomes an unnecessary burden for expats. Moreover, the process is usually long and stressful, thus discouraging many expats from reuniting with their families. Now, however, the Canadian Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism department has proven that a program designed for expats’ parents and grandparents is well-received and meets a high demand, which shows that it is a highly important aspect of immigration support.

For parents and grandparents who have been granted a Canadian Super Visa, now is the best time to give your loved ones in Canada an extended visit. For all yourinternational shipping requirements, consider the professional and dedicated service of 1st Move International, an experienced company that offers a reliable international removals service.