Effective today July 4, 2022, Canada increased the length of stay for Parents and Grandparents Super Visa to 5 years per entry.
And the longer stay kicks in even if those foreign nationals applied before July 4, as long as they arrived after that date.
As of July 4, 2022:
- Parents and Grandparents Super Visa holders can stay for five years on each entry into Canada.
- Current Super Visa holders also may request extension by up to two years while in Canada.
- This means current Super Visa holders will now be able to stay in Canada for up to seven consecutive years.
- Canada’s Immigration Minister will have the authority to designate international medical insurance companies to provide coverage to Parents and Grandparents Super Visa applicants in the future.
The new policy will also allow foreign medical insurance companies to provide coverage to Super Visa candidates. Under current rules, only Canadian companies can provide the coverage. Applicants need the insurance coverage so to receive emergency health care without any cost to Canadian taxpayers.
“The enhancements to the super visa program allow family members to reunite for longer in Canada, which helps everyday Canadian citizens and permanent residents succeed and contribute to society while affording their parents and grandparents invaluable opportunities to spend time with their family,” said Immigration Minister Sean Fraser.
About Canada Parents and Grandparents Super Visa
Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Super Visa guarantees up to 10-year multiple-entry visa for parents/grandparents to Canada. It is the most popular program to sponsor parents to Canada.
Before the new policy, Super Visa allowed them to stay up to 2 years per visit. Now they can stay for up to 5 years in one visit. They can plan to visit only 2 times during the 10-year visa validity, but stay longer.
In comparison, a regular visitor visa is usually valid for a maximum period of six months.
Parents and Grandparents Super Visa operates using a lottery system. Processing time is about 8 weeks, and also applicants get their results within about 8 weeks.
Regular visitor visa vs. Parents and Grandparents Super Visa
Currently, most visitors to Canada may visit for up to six months when they first enter Canada. Visitors who wish to stay longer must apply for an extension, and pay a new fee. Parents and Grandparents Super Visa now allows them to stay for up to five years on each visit. They do not have to apply for an extension.
Holders of a Parents and Grandparents Super Visa have the rights and restrictions of a regular tourist visa holder. As such they cannot work or study while they are in Canada.
Mobility under super visa
Super Visa holders can leave Canada, come back and get extended stay.
But those who applied and entered Canada before the July 4 cut-off date are still limited to the original time they were granted to stay in the country.
“If you were granted two years, it would remain two years,” notes the immigration department.
Fortunately, there is a possible solution for those who want to a longer stay under the super visa. You will need to leave Canada before the end of your authorized stay and re-enter Canada after July 4, 2022. The border services officer may grant you a length of stay of up to five years. Alternatively, you can also apply to extend your stay in Canada for an extension of up to two years.
The possibility of two years extension enable parents and grandparents to plan a more seamless move to Canada.
Note that super visa holders must renew or maintain their medical insurance while in Canada and on re-entry.
Eligibility for Parents and Grandparents Super Visa
Parents and Grandparents Super Visa lets you visit your children or grandchildren for up to five years at a time. If you want to stay for six months or less, you may also apply for a regular visitor visa instead.
To be eligible for the Parents and Grandparents Super Visa, you must:
- be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
- have a signed letter from the child or grandchild who invites you to Canada that includes:
- a promise of financial support for the duration 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
- have parents super visa insurance from a CANADIAN insurance company that is:
- valid for at least one year from the date of entry
- at least $100,000 for minimum coverage
- have proof that the medical insurance has been paid (quotes aren’t accepted)
You must also:
- be allowed to enter Canada
- take an immigration medical exam, and also
- meet certain other conditions
NOTE: You can not include dependants in this application.
Parents and Grandparents Super Visa Medical Insurance Requirements
Applicants for Parents and Grandparents Super Visa, applicants must submit proof that they have medical insurance for their parents and grandparents visiting Canada. They can purchase the insurance from Canadian or foreign insurance companies.
Super visa insurance monthly must meet the following requirements:
- valid for a minimum period of one year;
- provides a minimum of $100,000 in coverage;
- covers the applicant for health care, hospitalization and repatriation, and also
- valid for each entry to Canada and available for review by a port of entry officer.
Resources for Super Visa insurance:
As well, also feel free to search online for cheap Super Visa insurance with search engines like Google or Yahoo.
Financial support (proof of funds)
The child or grandchild who invites you must prove that their household meets the minimum necessary income. The following documents are examples of what can be used as proof of funds:
- Notice of Assessment (NOA) or T4/T1 for the most recent tax year
- Employment Insurance stubs
- employment letter including salary and date of hiring
- pay stubs, and also
- bank statements
Other IRCC Super Visa conditions
IRCC considers several additional things before to issue a super visa to come Canada. This is to ensure that an applicant is a real visitor to Canada who will leave by choice at the end of their visit.
IRCC looks at these things when you apply:
- your ties to your home country
- the purpose of your visit
- your family and finances, and also
- the overall economic and political stability of your home country
Applying for a Super Visa
You can apply online or on paper to get a super visa. You must send all the documents to support your application. To apply for a super visa, follow the steps below.
You need to give your biometrics
Applying online saves you time and you can get updates online!
- No courier fees or mail delivery time – IRCC gets your application instantly.
- Online applications may not process more quickly.
- Avoid processing delays. Incomplete applications are returned to you. Applying online helps ensure your application is complete before you submit it.
- If IRCC needs to ask for more documents, you can quickly submit them online.
- You don’t need to submit your passport until IRCC asks for it. And also,
- Get updates on the status of your application directly in your online account.
Ready to get apply for Parents & Grandparents Super Visa on IRCC website?
Apply on paper
Read the IRCC’s Instruction Guide [IMM 5256] to get all the details to apply on paper. Note also, for a Parents & Grandparents Super Visa, you need to use the visitor visa guide and application form.