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Canada Super Visa Income Requirement Sees Significant Hike for 2024

Maureen Wall

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Canada Super Visa Income Requirement Sees Significant Hike for 2024

For families hoping to reunite with their parents or grandparents in Canada, the path just got a little steeper financially. On June 3, 2024, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) unveiled updated income requirements for the popular Canada Super Visa program, reflecting a notable 6.8% increase from last year.

The Super Visa, a lifeline for many multi-generational families, allows parents or grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents to stay in the country for an extended period of up to five years, with the possibility of a two-year extension. However, this privilege now comes at a higher cost.

The new annual gross income thresholds, which vary based on family size, have seen a significant jump compared to the previous year’s 3.33% increase. For instance, a single-person family unit now needs to demonstrate a minimum gross income of $29,380, a substantial rise from the $27,514 required in 2023.

While the Super Visa program aims to facilitate family reunification, the increased financial requirements could pose challenges for some families, particularly those with limited means or fixed incomes.

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Immigration experts have weighed in on the matter, with some expressing concerns about the potential impact on families from lower-income brackets. “Family reunification should be a right, not a privilege reserved for the wealthy,” says Sarah Johnson, a prominent immigration lawyer. “The government must strike a balance between ensuring financial stability and promoting inclusivity.”

Others, however, argue that the increased thresholds are necessary to ensure that families can adequately support their sponsored family members during their extended stays in Canada.

As the debate continues, one thing is clear: the pursuit of reuniting with loved ones in Canada has become costlier, and families will need to carefully evaluate their financial situations before embarking on the Super Visa journey.

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