Super Visa

With about 35 million people visiting Canada every year on a temporary basis, Canadian immigration rules are updating frequently to allow the temporary visitors in working or studying in Canada by obtaining a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV).

The Grandparents and parents super visa provide parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents an opportunity to stay up to 2 years in Canada without renewing their status. Maximum validity of the super visa is either 10 years or 1 month before the expiry date of the applicant’s passport, which ever earlier.

This program also allows grandparents and parents from certain visa exempt countries to apply for a letter of introduction, which can be considered as a vital document to enter Canada and stay for a period of 24 months.

With short processing time of about 8 weeks, this program is superficially beneficially for its applicants.

Eligibility Criteria

Given below are mandatory requirements for grandparents and parents to avail the super visa program services:

  1. The applicant must meet basic criteria for a regular visitor visa as given below:
  • He or She must be in good health.
  • Applicant should have valid travel documents.
  • He or She should assure the immigration official about leaving Canada on authorized date.
  • There should be enough contact with the home country, such as through a job, family or property.
  • He or She should be able to fund his/her stay in Canada.
  1. The applicant must provide evidence about being grandparent or parent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  2. The applicant should be registered for a medical insurance policy, from a Canadian insurance company, with validity up to 1 year and coverage of at least 100000 Canadian dollars for health care, hospitalization and repatriation.
  3. He or She must undergo a medical examination.

Given below are mandatory requirements for family member of the applicant:

  1. Provide evidence to show he or she is a Canadian citizen or permanent residence.
  2. Send a letter of invitation to the applicant. This letter must include the following:
  • Information about the applicant’s planned visit.
  • Details about his or her occupation and economic situation in Canada.
  • Written and signed confirmation of financial support to the applicant during the entire visit.
  1. Show that the income is above a pre-defined minimum threshold level.

Important Notes

  1. The holder of a super visa program cannot work or study in Canada.
  2. A super visa can be availed even while applying for permanent residence.