Parental sponsorship is on hold. Supervisas are an interim option. As of December 2011, parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents have a new option for visiting Canada.
The new Super Visa provides a 10-year multiple entry visa for eligible applicants, allowing them to visit Canada for a maximum period of 2 years at a time.
When you, (a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident), sponsor an immediate family member for immigration to Canada it is considered a Family Class case and includes:
- The spouse, common-law or conjugal partner of the person;
- A dependent child of the person or of the person’s spouse, common-law or conjugal partner;
- A dependent child of the dependent child
- Orphan brothers, sisters, nephew/niece under 18 years and destitute children under 18 years of age whom a Canadian wishes to adopt;
- In-case a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident has no relative in Canada and no Family Class Relative whom he/she can Sponsor, they can Sponsor any one relative for Immigration to Canada;
Spouses and dependent children’s application are processed on a priority basis. Settlement and other requirements do apply in some cases. There is a combined application for spouses and dependent children. The sponsorship originates in Canada.
In the case of a refusal of family class application, the sponsor has the Right of Appeal (except in certain circumstances) to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada) – Immigration Appeal Division.