The Super Visa, also known as the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa was launched in December 2011. Currently, most visitors to Canada may visit for up to six months when they first enter Canada. Visitors who wish to stay longer must apply for an extension, and pay a new fee.
The parent and grandparent super visa allows eligible parents and grandparents to visit family in Canada for up to two years per visit without the need to renew their status. It is a multi-entry visa that provides multiple entries valid for up to 10 years.
The key difference is that the Super Visa allows an individual to stay for up to two years on initial entry into Canada, while a regular 10-year multiple entry visa would only have a status period for each entry of six months only.
In order to receive a Parents and Grandparents Super Visa, the applicant must, in addition to meeting all legislative requirements for a Temporary Resident Visa if applicable, meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Be the parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
- Be found admissible to Canada
- Have undergone a medical examination and be admissible on health grounds;
- Have provided satisfactory evidence of private medical insurance; and
- Have provided satisfactory evidence of financial support from their child or grandchild for the duration of their requested stay.
Dependants of parents and grandparents are not eligible for the super visa. However, they can apply for a regular visitor visa.
If you do not need a visitor visa to enter Canada, you can still use the parent and grandparent super visa to stay in Canada for up to two years. In addition, if you travel by air, you will still need to apply for an eTA separately to allow you to travel to and enter Canada.
For further information on the Super Visa and whether you are eligible to apply, contact us for a consultation to discuss further.
For a more permanent option there is the annual Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program. It is only open for a short period of time and has an annual cap. Complete our Free Family Assessment form for further information on this program.