The Super Visa is a short-term visa that is appealing to Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to bring their foreign parents and grandparents to Canada.
The Super Visa allows parents and grandparents to visit their children and grandchildren for up to five years without having to renew their visitor status. Super Visa holders are permitted to enter Canada multiple times for a period of up to ten years. Furthermore, because there is no lottery for the Super Visa, it provides greater certainty to families hoping to sponsor.
Who is eligible for a Super Visa?
An applicant for the Super Visa must be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. The applicant’s spouse or common-law partner may be listed on the application, but no dependents may be listed.
Furthermore, the applicant must not be barred from entering Canada due to criminality or illness. Applicants for Super Visas will be required to undergo a medical examination. Furthermore, the applicant’s purpose for visiting Canada will be scrutinised, and they must be able to maintain sufficient ties to their home country.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) ensures that parents and grandparents are properly supported while in Canada. The applicant’s child or grandchild must be able to demonstrate that they meet the income requirements, as indicated by the Low-Income Cut Off (LICO) in the table below. The income requirement is intended to assess the child’s or grandchild’s ability to financially support their family members, especially since the responsibility that comes with caring for an elderly family member can be significant.
The proof may be in the form of the following documents:
- Notice of Assessment (NOA) or T4/T1 for the most recent tax year
- Employment Insurance Stubs
- An employment letter that includes salary and hires a date
- Pay stubs
- Bank statements
The applicant must also provide a signed letter from their child or grandchild inviting them to Canada, which includes:
- A promise of financial support for the length of your visit
- The list and number of people in the household of this person
- A copy of this person’s Canadian citizenship or permanent resident document
The applicant must also have medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company that is:
- Valid for at least 1 year from the date of entry
- At least $100,000 of emergency coverage
- Have proof that the medical insurance has been paid in full
How to Apply
Once the applicant has all of the necessary documentation, the application should be processed at the Canadian visa office in charge of the applicant’s place of residence outside of Canada.
After receiving the application, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will review it and may request that the applicant:
- Go to an interview with their officials in the applicant’s country
- To send more information
- To get a medical exam
- To get a police certificate