The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa is a long term multi-entry visa that provides for re-entries for a period up to 10 years.
Typically, a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or visitor visa is issued for up to six months from when an applicant first enters Canada. If the applicant wishes to stay longer, they must apply for an extension and pay a new fee. Even those individuals travelling on a 10-year multiple entry visa may only stay in Canada for up to six months per entry. The Super Visa allows eligible parents and grandparents to stay in Canada for up to two years per visit without applying for an extension or renewing their status.
It is important to note that dependents are not eligible for the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa; it is only available to parents or grandparents together with their spouses or common-law partners.
To apply for a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, the applicant must:
- be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada,
- be allowed to enter Canada an meet certain other conditions.
Applicants must have valid Canadian medical insurance coverage for at least one year and have an immigration medical exam. In addition, applicants must prove that their child or grandchild meets a minimum income threshold. For a family of 4, the minimum necessary income is $45,712 CAD. A letter of financial support from that child or grandchild must also be provided.
It is important that those individuals applying for a super visa are real visitors who intend to leave Canada by choice at the end of their visit. Immigration officers will consider a variety of factors in determining an applicant’s eligibility for the super visa including:
- the applicant’s ties to their home country,
- the economic and political stability of the applicant’s home country,
- the applicant’s family and finances,
- the purpose of the visit,
- and the invitation from a Canadian host.
We can assist you with submitting a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa application. Send us an email at [email protected] or give us a call at 416-847-3347.