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Canada’s Parents & Grandparents Super Visa – 10-year entry to Canada

Canada’s Parents & 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.

Parents & Grandparents Super Visa allows parents to stay up to 2 years per visit. In comparison, a regular visitor visa is usually valid for a maximum period of six months.

Parents & 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 & 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 & Grandparents Super Visa allows them to stay for up to two years on each visit. They do not have to apply for an extension.

Holders of a Parents & 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.

Eligibility for Parents & Grandparents Super Visa

Parents & Grandparents Super Visa lets you visit your children or grandchildren for up to two years at a time. If you want to stay for six months or less, apply for a visitor visa.

To be eligible for the Parents & 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:

NOTE: You can not include dependants in this application.

Parents & Grandparents Super Visa Medical Insurance Requirements

Along with the application for Super Visa, applicants must submit proof that they have purchased Canadian medical insurance for their parents and grandparents visiting Canada. 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

According to IRCC, if you’re from a visa-required country you also need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics). Find out where biometrics fits in the application process.

Apply online

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?

To apply online, you need a scanner or camera to create copies of your documents, and also a valid credit or debit card.

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.

See also Canada Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program