Closed petition Introduce super visa category for parents of British citizens.

Parents for British citizens are treated differently if they reside in countries outside the EU and are not EU citizens and the current rules allow for the settlement of parents under ADR very difficult, so we are looking for a middle ground as it is done in Canada with SUPER VISA.

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With the parent and grandparent super visa, eligible parents and grandparents can visit family in Canada for up to two years without the need to renew their status .The Super Visa is a multi-entry visa that provides multiple entries for a period up to 10 years. The key difference is that the Super Visa allows an individual to stay for up to two years on initial entry into Canada, while a 10-year multiple entry visa would only have a status period for each entry of six months only. Refer visa rules by Canada government and criteria as reference ,sponsor does most work

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This response was given on 4 March 2021

The UK welcomes genuine visitors coming to the UK for a temporary purpose, usually for six months. Routes are available for people who want to stay for longer periods.

The Government recognises the importance of family ties and the desire of parents and grandparents to make frequent visits to see their families.

Visit visas are therefore available with validities of 6 months, 2 years, 5 years and 10 years, allowing individuals who are visa nationals to visit the UK regularly or at short notice without having to apply for a new visa each time they wish to travel.

Specific family rules apply to those who want to bring parents to the UK to live with them for longer than 6 months. Under these rules adult dependants wanting to stay for longer periods must demonstrate, as a result of age, illness or disability, they require a level of long-term personal care which can only be provided in the UK by their sponsor here and without recourse to public funds. These rules are specifically designed to limit the significant social care and NHS costs which can be associated with these cases and which then fall on the UK Taxpayer.

The UK’s family Immigration Rules are designed to prevent burdens on the taxpayer, promote integration and tackle abuse, and thereby ensure family migration to the UK is on a properly sustainable basis which is fair to migrants and the wider community. Our rules ensure equal treatment for all visitors and allow for frequent visits whilst building confidence amongst taxpayers that migration to the UK is not based on access to the public services they pay for.

While we note the Canadian model, we believe our current Rules strike the right balance and will not be introducing this type of visa.

Home Office