Super Visa

Super Visa – a novel way to unite parents & grandparents with families in Canada. This offers a way out when a sponsor fails to qualify for Permanent residence sponsorship for not meeting the MNI requirements.  It is a multi-entry visitor visa that can be issued for a period of up to 10 years. The duration of each trip can be up to a maximum of two years.

Super Visa vs Visitor Visa

Super visas are a type of temporary Canadian visitor visa only available to parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents. The length of time that one can stay in Canada is the biggest difference between a super visa and a visitor visa. The validity of a  visitor visa is for up to 6 months. Thereafter one needs to apply for an extension if one wishes to prolong the stay. Super visa, on the other hand, allows the visitor to stay in Canada for up to two years.

To qualify for the Super Visa program guardians and grandparents must

  • Prove that you are the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have
    • a letter of invitation from your child or grandchild
    • Outlined plans for your care.
    • information about the number of people living in their households in Canada.
  • Complete a migration medical exam
  • Get Canadian medical coverage a minimum period of  1 year
  • Depending on their nationality, guardians/grandparents may require a Temporary Residence Visa.
  • Demonstrate letter of commitment of financial support from their sponsors in Canada
  • Demonstrate that the support in Canada meets the least income prerequisites

Visa Extension

For parents/ grandparents wishing to stay in Canada for more than two years, an application for an extension of visa has toe filed.  Filing of the visa extension application 30 days ahead of the Visa expiry date is essential.


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