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Super Visa Canada for Parents & Grandparents

What is super visa Canada?

If you want to visit your children or grandchildren in Canada, Parent and Grandparent Super visa is an ideal visa category for you. The Super Visa Canada is a multi-entry visa that provides multiple entries for a period up to 10 years. The best thing about this visa is that in a single visit to Canada, the visa holder can stay for up to 5 years (at a time) in Canada.

Note- With effect from July 4, 2022, Canadian government has increased the length of stay for super visa holders. If you apply on or after July 4, 2022, you will be eligible for a stay up to 5 years at a time.

There are some key requirements for this visa, such as, medical insurance, etc. Hence, you must fulfil all the eligibility requirements mentioned later in this page to apply for Canada super visa for parents. However, if you want to stay for six months or less, Canada visitor visa is better option.

What is the processing time?

Well the Super visa Canada processing time depends on various factors including your country of residence. For an applicant from India it is approximately 171 days. However, this processing time does not include

  • the time it takes to send an application between a visa application centre and IRCC office
  • the time you require to give your biometrics (fingerprints and photo)

Eligibility requirement to apply for Super visa

To be able to apply, you must meet super visa Canada requirements. As an applicant of Canada super visa, you must:

  • be the parent/grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • Hold a signed letter from your child or grandchild who is inviting you to Canada that comprise the following:
    • An assurance 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
  • have medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company that is:
    • valid for minimum one year from the date of entry
    • Minimum $100,000 emergency coverage
    • have proof that the medical insurance has been paid in full (quotes aren’t accepted)

Additionally, you need to:

  • 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
  • fulfil certain other conditions

Note: You cannot include dependants in Super Visa Application.

What is fees?

The Super visa Canada fees starts from CAD $100.

What is Financial support (proof of funds) needed for Super visa?

The child or grandchild, who is inviting the super visa applicant, need to prove that their household fulfils the minimum essential income.  As proof of funds, one can submit any of the below documents:

  • Notice of Assessment (NOA) or T4/T1 for the most recent tax year
  • Employment Insurance Benefit statements
  • employment letter including salary, job title, job description, and date of hiring
  • pay stubs
  • bank statements

How to apply for Super visa

You must apply online for a super visa and make certain that you are outside Canada when you apply. Find below the stepwise process to apply for Canada Super Visa:

  • Create profile
  • Complete the form and upload documents
  • Pay the fee 

FAQs Super Visa Canada

  • How does the parent and grandparent super visa differ from a visitor visa?

With the super visa, eligible parents and grandparents can visit family in Canada for longer periods of time (i.e. 5 years at a time) than with a visitor visa (six months at a time).

  • Is the parent and grandparent super visa a multi-entry visa?

Yes, the super parents and grandparents Super visa is a multi-entry visa. It allows multiple entries for up to 10 years.

  • What’s the difference between the parent and grandparent super visa and the 10-year multiple entry visa?

The main difference is that the super visa permits the stays lasting up to 5 years per entry to Canada. However, those travelling on a 10-year multiple-entry visa can only stay for up to 6 months per entry.

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