A Canadian Super visa is a multiple-entry visa usually issued for a longer period (10 years) for parents and grandparents of Permanent residents or Canadian citizens. The main difference between Visitor visa and Super visa is that Canadian Super visa provides multiple entries for a period up to 10 years and allows parents and grandparents to stay 2 years at a time instead of entering Canada for only 6 months each time.
There are some certain requirements to be able to obtain a Super visa for Canada.
Super visa enables parents and grandparents to stay in Canada for 2 years without renewing their status.
Super visa holder may extend their stay in Canada and apply for an extension for another 2 years before their status expires.
Super Visa Eligibility and Requirements
To be able to invite parents and grandparents a person must show their status in Canada is either Permanent Resident or Canadian citizen, include an invitation letter, demonstrate they meet the eligibility requirements of LICO by showing they have enough funds to support their family size.
The applicants must do their medical exam and have a medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company valid for at least 1 year.
Dependents cannot be included in the Super visa application.
A Canadian Super visa must be applied from outside Canada and the applicant must undergo a medical exam and be allowed to enter Canada.
The applicant must also meet the conditions considered by the IRCC as a genuine visitor who will leave Canada after the end of their visit.
Super Visa Process
A Super visa can be applied online or on paper. There is no difference in the forms or supporting documents, however online application is prompt in correspondence with the IRCC especially in case some additional documents are requested from the applicant while the file is being processed.
The applicants applying from a visa-exempt countries and entering Canada by air, should also apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).
Apply for a Super visa from outside Canada and attach all required documents to make the processing of your application smooth.
Biometrics data is required when applying for a Super visa.
Super Visa Supporting Documents
The inviter (the applicant’s child or grandchild who is a permanent resident or Canadian citizen) needs to provide the following documents:
- Invitation letter explaining that financial care will be provided, the family size and proof of residency (identity document, citizenship certificate, PR card, etc.)
- Proof of minimum necessary income (NOA or T4/T1, employment letter, pay stubs, bank statements)
The applicant must provide the following:
- Proof of payment for medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company valid for at least 1 year from the date of entry and with at least $100,000 coverage
- Proof of valid medical exam report
The applicant may be requested for an interview.
Besides the necessary forms and main required documents, the applicant may also be asked to send more information and/or police certificate, etc.
The passport is submitted upon request.