Canada Super Visa


Super Visa is for the parents or grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents. It allows them to visit Canada for a stay of up to two years and with the facility to apply for one-year extensions at a time. Do candidates require insurance? Yes, all candidates need medical insurance before traveling to Canada. 

It was first introduced in 2011, and it has permitted thousands of international parents and grandparents to come to Canada for prolonged periods. For many years, it facilitates families and communities within the country, not only in social terms but also economically.

The common-law partner or spouse of a candidate can also arrive in Canada on a similar status, but other successors may not. It is noteworthy that the holders of Super Visa are not allowed to work in Canada. There is a Canadian PR (permanent residence) program for parents and grandparents. Under this program, there is a confined visa supply, and petitions can take a long period to be processed.

Note that: View our Visa Vendor Immigration Consultant page for more details.

What do I require to Apply for Super Visa?

There are some requirements you need to fulfil to apply for the Canadian Super Visa.

  1. You need to be a parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent Canadian resident.
  2. You must have an invitation from your child or grandchild in Canada. The host (your child or grandchild) should satisfy a minimum income threshold, as they are answerable for your economic support in Canada during your stay.
  3. You need to pass a medical examination.
  4. You must contain medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company with a validity of up to one year.
  5. You need to prove that your medical insurance is paid. The insurance policy must:
  • be valid for up to a year;
  • cover health care, repatriation, and hospitalization;
  • offer minimum coverage of $100,000;
  • be valid for respective entry to Canada.

Invitation Letter – Super Visa

To make a Super Visa application successful, you must contain an invitation letter from the host (your child or grandchild) in Canada. This letter must comprise the following details about the invited person (parent or grandparent):

  • Full name;
  • Phone number;
  • Date of birth;
  • Address;
  • Length of stay of the invitee in Canada;
  • Relationship to the host;
  • The purpose of the visit to Canada;
  • Where the invited person will stay, and make to purchasing while in Canada.

Moreover, it must includes the following details about the host.

  • Full name;
  • Phone number;
  • Address;
  • Date of birth;
  • Job title;
  • Details about the current status in Canada (permanent resident or citizen), comprising evidence of status;
  • Family details, including names and dates of birth; and
  • A signed responsibility for financial assistance for the invitee (parent or grandparent) by the host;
  • Proof of minimum income;
  • The list of persons living in the home.

Minimum Income Requirements For The Host

The host (child or grandchild) must meet a minimum income threshold. These thresholds are called low-income cut-off (LICO). The host needs to demonstrate his/her income through one of the following ways:

  1. Copy of the NOC (Notice of Assessment) for the most recent tax year. If you do not have a hard copy, you can get your tax returns through the Canada Revenue Agency’s online service;
  2. Copy of the T4 or T1 from your employer for the recent year (You can get a letter from an accountant verifying annual income if you are self-employed);
  3. Employment letter which includes salary and date of hire
  4. Employment insurance pay stubs; and/or
  5. Bank statements

Some Other Points To Consider

Canadian government critically looks at every detail before they decide whether you can come to Canada or not. The first and foremost thing the government sees is that you must be a real visitor to Canada and leave the country by choice when your visit is complete. Canadian government critically consider the following things:

  •  Your relationship to your home country
  •  The purpose – Why do you want to visit Canada?
  •  Your family and income
  •  The economic and political stability of the country where you live in

Read Our Previous Article About Canada Visit Visa Types



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