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Canada Super Visa

The Canada Super Visa, also known as the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, is a type of visa issued by Canada that allows parents and grandparents of Canadian permanent residents or citizens to visit them for extended periods of time. With this visa, the holder is allowed to stay in Canada for up to 2 years per visit and has the advantage of multiple entries for a period of up to 10 years. It's an alternative for those who want to spend a longer time in Canada than the standard Visitor Visa which only allows a stay of 6 months. It's worth noting that to be eligible, applicants have to meet certain requirements such as having sufficient funds and providing a written commitment of financial support from the child or grandchild inviting them, and having Canadian health insurance coverage.

A Comparative Overview of visas that let you visit family in Canada

Visitor Visa

10-year multiple entry visa

Super Visa

Can stay in the country for up to 6 months.

Visitors that want to stay on longer are required to apply for an extension of their visa, paying a new fee.

Able to remain in Canada for up to 6 months per entry

Allows multiple entry across 10 years. An individual can stay for up to 2 years at a time in Canada.

Single-entry option also available, at the discretion of the visa officer.  


Requirements of Canada Super Visa

To be eligible for the Canada Super Visa, certain conditions must be met by the applicant. These include being a parent or grandparent of a Canadian permanent resident or citizen, having a signed letter of invitation from their child or grandchild in Canada, and having valid medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company with at least $100,000 coverage for a minimum of one year from the date of entry into Canada. Applications for the Super Visa must be made from outside of Canada and only the parents/grandparents are eligible, not the dependent children. Additionally, if the applicant's spouse or partner wishes to accompany them, they will have to submit a separate application. The child or grandchild inviting the parent/grandparent to Canada must also prove that their household meets the minimum income threshold, known as the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO), and other conditions will also be considered by the Canadian government before granting the Super Visa, including the applicant being a genuine visitor who will leave the country voluntarily at the end of their visit.

How to apply for Canada Super Visa?

The application for the Canada Super Visa can be submitted either in paper format or online. Online applications are generally processed faster by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as they are received instantly and also allows for the applicant to ensure that all the required information is included in the application. As of July 6, 2021, for an applicant applying for the Super Visa from India, the processing time is estimated to be around 9 months or 272 days. The processing time period begins from the day IRCC receives the completed application to the day a decision is made on the visa application. 

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