The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced some major reforms to the Parents and Grandparents Super Visa. The Super Visa allows parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to stay with them in Canada. It is a multi-entry visa that allows for multiple entries for a period of up to 10 years. At present, the Super Visa holders can stay in Canada for a maximum period of two years without having to renew their status.
But as per the latest announcement, from July 4 onwards, the length of stay for Super Visa holders will be five years per entry. Also, the Super Visa holders who are currently in Canada can request to extend their stay by up to two years while they are in Canada. It means they can stay in Canada for up to seven consecutive years.
Another major announcement that was made with regard to Super Visa is that the Immigration Minister of Canada will have the authority to designate international medical insurance companies for providing coverage to Super Visa applicants. At present, only Canadian insurance providers can provide medical coverage for Super Visa applicants. These major reforms for Canada Super Visa were proposed by Canadian MP Kyle Seeback via Bill C-242.
Canada Super Visa for parents and grandparents
Every year, Canada issues around 17000 Super Visas. It is a viable alternative for bringing parents and grandparents to Canada, compared to Parents and Grandparents Program(PGP), which allows children and grandchildren to sponsor parents and grandparents for permanent residence in Canada. The PGP has huge demand but only a limited number of applicants would be able to get through. And the candidates are selected through draw of lots. But Super Visa is available to those who pass medical examination and provide proof of health insurance from an approved insurance provider. Also the children and grandchildren of these candidates must meet the minimum income requirements of the IRCC.
Canada is introducing these new changes to Super Visa as part of the country’s policy of promoting family reunification. The authorities expect that, the changes would help the citizens and permanent residents to succeed and contribute to the society, while also providing opportunities for parents and grandparents to spend time with their families in Canada.