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Super Visa

Super Visa

A Super Visa is a form of temporary residence that allows your parents and grandparents to stay in Canada for up to two years at a time without having to leave Canada. This can also be extended for up to one additional year while they are in Canada. It allows multiple entries and is valid up to 10 years(the same validity of passport minus 1 month). This visa only allows them to visit and does not allow them to work in Canada. Dependants cannot be included in this type of application.

As a Super Visa is for temporary residence, your parents and grandparents would not have any benefits in Canada such as government medical.

To be eligible for a super visa, you must

  •   be a parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  •   be outside Canada
  •   have a signed letter from your child or grandchild who is inviting you to Canada that 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
  •   have medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company that is:
    •   valid for at least 1 year from the date of entry and
    •   at least $100,000 coverage
    •   have proof that the medical insurance has been paid (quotes aren’t accepted)
  •   get an immigration medical exam

Financial requirements

As part of the application, the Canadian citizen or permanent resident child or grandchild would have to prove that their household meets the minimum necessary income to support their parent or grandparent for a super visa. This is a requirement even if the applicant has enough money to fund their trip. The following documents are examples of what can be used as proof of these 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
  •   bank statements

When assessing the minimum necessary income, the child or grandchild needs to calculate the “total number of persons they will be responsible for.” This needs to include:

  •   themself
  •   their spouse or common-law partner, if applicable
  •   their dependent children, if applicable
  •   their spouse’s or common-law partner’s dependent children, if applicable
  •   any other person they may have sponsored in the past for whom you are still financially responsible for
  •   the number of parents and grandparents they want to sponsor

Other conditions which are considered

Several things are considered by the visa officer before your application is approved. You must be a genuine visitor to Canada who will leave by choice at the end of your visit.

Some points which are looked at :

  •   your ties to your home country
  •   the purpose of your visit
  •   your family and finances
  •   the overall economic and political stability of your home country
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Fees

Government fees : CAN$100.

Biometrics : CAN$85. You may need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) with your application.

Processing time : times vary by country. Processing time doesn’t include the time you need to give biometrics.





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