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Super Visa - Your Golden Ticket to Reunite with Your Family in Canada

A super visa lets you visit your children or grandchildren for up to 5 years at a time. It’s a visa that provides multiple entries for a period up to 10 years. There are specific requirements for a super visa, including the need for medical insurance. You must meet all the criteria to be eligible. Furthermore, as a super visa holder, you need to renew and/or maintain your medical insurance while in Canada and on re-entry

Super Visa Eligibility: Requirements for Extended Family Visits

The child or grandchild who invites you must prove that their household meets the minimum necessary income. The following documents are examples of what can be used as proof of funds:

  • Notice of Assessment (NOA) or T4/T1 for the most recent tax year.

  • Employment Insurance Benefit statements.

  • An employment letter including salary, job title, job description, and date of hire.

  • Pay stubs.

  • Bank statements.

To be eligible for a super visa, you must:

  • Be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.

  • Have a signed letter from your child or grandchild who invites you to Canada that includes the following:

    • A promise of financial support for the length of your visit.

    • The list and number of people in the household of this person.

    • A copy of this person’s Canadian citizenship or permanent resident document.

  • Apply for a super visa from outside Canada, have your visa printed outside Canada (wait for visa office instructions), be allowed to enter Canada, take an immigration medical exam, and meet certain other conditions.

  • Dependents cannot be included in this application.

Medical Insurance 

When applying for a Super Visa, one of the key requirements is obtaining Canadian medical insurance for the applicant, who is either a parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. This insurance is critical for several reasons:

Why Medical Insurance is Needed

  • Healthcare Coverage: It ensures that the visitor has access to healthcare services without causing a financial burden on themselves or their family in Canada.

  • Government Requirement: It's a mandatory requirement to qualify for the Super Visa, indicating the applicant's visit will not impose healthcare costs on Canadian taxpayers.

Requirements for the Medical Insurance

  • Coverage Amount: The insurance policy must have a minimum coverage of $100,000. This amount is to cover potential healthcare, hospitalization, and repatriation costs.

  • Validity Period: The insurance must be valid for at least one year from the date of entry into Canada. Applicants are advised to have the insurance start on the date they plan to arrive in Canada.

  • Canadian Insurance Company: The policy must be purchased from a Canadian insurance company. This ensures that the insurance meets Canadian standards and is readily acceptable for the Super Visa application.

  • Proof of Insurance: Applicants must provide proof of the medical insurance purchase when submitting their Super Visa application. This proof should include the insurance company's name, the policy number, the amount of coverage, the period of coverage, and a confirmation that the policy meets the Super Visa requirements.

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