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The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa: What You Need to Know

Updated: Mar 13

If your family member has the financial means and health insurance to stay in Canada, they can apply for a regular visitor visa; but if they don’t have these two prerequisites, you might want to consider the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa instead. And with the expertise of Ansari Immigration to help make your application process for a super visa smooth, you have an advantage than most applicants.

This article will explain how you can apply for the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa and what you need to know about this visa.

What is a Super Visa?

The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, also known as the Super Visa, gives grandparents and parents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents up to five years at a time to visit their grandchildren and children in Canada without the need for renewing their Temporary Resident Visas (TRVs). Super Visas can be used multiple times during the period that they are valid, but there are restrictions on how long you can stay in Canada with each visit using this visa.

Eligibility for a Super Visa

To be eligible for a super visa you must:

  • be a citizen of Canada or a permanent resident, or the parent or grandparent of one.

  • possess a letter inviting you to visit Canada, signed by your child or grandchild, that includes: a commitment to provide funding for the duration of your visit, the names and numbers of those living in this person's home, and a certified copy of the applicant's Canadian citizenship or permanent resident card.

  • have healthcare insurance provided by a Canadian insurance provider that is: valid for at least a year after the date of entry, $100,000 or more in emergency coverage, and possess documentation demonstrating that the medical insurance is fully paid (quotes are not acceptable).

In addition to the eligibility criteria listed above, you must also:

  • submit a super visa application from outside of Canada.

  • be granted entry to Canada

  • take a medical examination for immigration

  • satisfy additional requirements

Financial Assistance (Proof of Funds)

The child or grandchild who is inviting you must provide evidence that their home earns and meets the minimum necessary income required. Examples of documents that can be used as proof of finances include the ones listed below:

  • the most recent tax year's T4 or T1 or the Notice of Assessment (NOA)

  • statements of Employment Insurance Benefits

  • employment letter stating salary, title, duties, and the date of hire

  • pay stubs

  • bank records of transactions or bank statements

Final Thoughts

The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa can be a great way for grandparents and parents living abroad to spend time with their families in Canada. The program makes it much easier for family members to visit Canada while ensuring they don’t overstay their welcome, which is an issue that can arise with previous immigration options.

If you have a loved one living abroad who would like to visit you in Canada, Ansari Immigration can help with all the necessary details of an application for the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa. Also, with their level of proficiency in visa applications, they can help determine if your loved one is eligible for a Super Visa to avoid wasting time and money.

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