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Canada Super Visa: All you need to know

Complete information on how to get your parents or grandparents to Canada for up to two years a visit.

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Thinking of visiting your children settled in Canada? Already been there on a visitor visa in the recent past, but now you plan on living with them in Canada for a longer time? You can apply for the Canada Super visa for parents and grandparents.

What is Super visa Canada?

  • Visa application fee: From $100
  • Current processing time: 89 days 

A multi-entry temporary visa, Canada Super visa permits you to visit your children or grandchildren - that are Canadian permanent residents or citizens of Canada - and stay in the country for up to two years per visit. You can enter Canada multiple times during the visa validity period of up to 10 years.

Who can apply for a Canada super visa?

To apply for a Super visa for Canada, you will have to be the parent / grandparent of a PR / citizen of Canada. Dependents cannot be included on a Canada Super visa application. If your spouse or partner will also be traveling to Canada with you, they will have to submit a separate application for the same.

Am I eligible for the Canada Super visa?

There are three basic criteria to be fulfilled. To be eligible for the Canada Super visa, you must - 

  1. Be the parent / grandparent of a Canadian permanent resident or citizen of Canada, 
  2. Have a duly signed letter from your child or grandchild in Canada inviting you to Canada, and 
  3. Have medical insurance

How long can I stay in Canada on a Super visa?

A Super visa allows you to enter Canada many times, each time staying within the country for up to two years, without there being any requirement of getting your status renewed.

Can I stay in Canada permanently on my Super visa?

The super visa permits you to stay temporarily in Canada with your children and grandchildren that might either hold permanent resident status or be the citizens of Canada.

To be able to stay in Canada permanently, your Canadian child or grandchild will have to sponsor you for permanent residence through the Canadian Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP).

Do I need medical insurance for Canada Super visa?

Yes. You will need medical insurance as part of the eligibility criteria for Canada Super visa. Proper evidence that the medical insurance has been paid for will be needed. You cannot submit quotes for the same. 

Do keep in mind that the medical insurance must be from a Canadian insurance company. The medical insurance for Canada Super visa must be valid for a minimum of one year from the date of your expected entry into Canada. It should provide coverage of at least $100,000.

Will my Canadian children have to meet any income criteria for inviting me on Canada Super visa?

Evidence of adequate financial support or proof of funds will be needed as part of the eligibility criteria for Canada Super visa. The child or grandchild in Canada that will be inviting you to Canada must be able to prove that their household meets the minimum necessary income, also referred to as the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO)

Proof of funds can be shown by submitting any of the documents, such as - bank statements, pay stubs, letter from employer stating salary and date of joining, copy of most recent federal income tax notice of assessment, etc.

How to calculate the family size for Canada Super visa?

For calculating the family size, the following will have to be included

  • Your child / grandchild inviting you to Canada
  • Their spouse or common-law partner
  • Their dependent children 
  • Any individual sponsored previously by your child or grandchild
  • You
  • Your spouse or common-law partner, if applicable 

The total number, as given above, will represent their family size. For example, if your child or grandchild is unmarried with no children and is inviting you, the family size comes to two. If your child in Canada has a family of four and will be inviting you and your spouse, the family size will be six.

How do I apply for a Canada Super visa?

You can apply for the Canada Super visa online or submit a paper-based application at a Visa Application Centre (VAC). The following documents will be needed to apply for a Canada Super visa - 

  • A Letter of Invitation, from your child / grandchild that is a citizen or PR of Canada, promising financial support for your stay, and including the family size.
  • Proof of meeting the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) as per the family size. 
  • Evidence of the relationship - parent or grandparent - to the Canadian citizen or permanent resident that you intend to visit. This evidence can be a birth certificate or other official document naming you as a parent/grandparent. 
  • Proof of having private medical insurance.

After applying, you will be required to - 

  • Undergo a medical examination and provide proof of the results, and
  • Appear in person to give your biometrics (photo and fingerprints) at a Visa Application Centre (VAC). 

Your visitor status on a Canada Super visa will be valid for up to two years per entry.

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