It was a few months ago, Canada announced that they were planning to extend the validity of Super Visa for parents per entry to five years from two years. The news was welcomed with so much excitement by the immigrants. Canada Super Visa allows parents and grandparents of Canadian permanent residents and citizens to visit them and stay with them for a maximum period of five years per entry, without having to renew their visa. The validity of Super Visa for parents is 10 years. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says that Canada issues around 17000 Super Visas every year.
What is Canada Super Visa?
Canada Super Visa is a great option for those who wish to bring their parents or grandparents to Canada. It is an alternative to the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP), which grants permanent residence status to parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. However, the demand for this program is very high and only a limited number of persons would be able to sponsor their parents/grandparents for permanent residence in Canada under this Program. Every year, the IRCC receives around 20000 interest-to-sponsor forms under the PGP program. But only 35000 applications are available.
Further, PGP operates on lottery. But as Super Visa does not operate on lottery, families have greater certainty on whether or not they would obtain the Super Visa. Besides, Super Visa is processed within months while PGP processing may take years. Because of all these reasons, Canada Super Visa is a viable choice for those who plan to bring their parents or grandparents to Canada.
Who is eligible for Canada Super Visa?
To become eligible for parents Super Visa, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be the parent/grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
- You must have received a letter from your child/grandchild, inviting you to Canada. The letter must include:
- A promise that they would support you financially for the length of your visit.
- The list and number of people in the household of the sponsoring person
- A copy of the document proving Canadian citizenship/permanent resident status of the sponsoring person.
Canada immigration authorities would also consider a few other factors, while considering you for granting Canada Super Visa for parents. They must be convinced that you are a genuine visitor and would leave the country at the end of your visit. For this purpose, they would check:
- Tied with your home country
- Purpose of your visit
- Your family and your financial condition
- Overall political/economic stability of your home country
Medical Insurance for Super Visa
The sponsored person under Canada Super Visa for parents must have purchased a medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company, with a validity of at least one year from the date of entry. The policy must provide a minimum coverage of $100,000. They must also submit proof for paying medical insurance.
Recently it had been announced that Canada’s Immigration Minister would be given the authority to designate international medical insurance companies to provide coverage to Super Visa applicants in the future. But not further update on the matter has been made on the matter till date.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to apply for a Super Visa?
You can apply online on the IRCC Portal for Super Visa for parents. It is mandatory that you are outside Canada while applying for Canada Super Visa. If you need assistance to apply for Canada Super Visa, contact CanApprove.
What are the minimum requirements for a super visa insurance policy?
The policy must have a validity of at least one year from the date of entry and should have at least $100,000 emergency coverage. There must also be proof that the medical insurance has been paid in full.
How to apply for super visa for parents in Canada?
It is not possible to apply for Canada Super Visa from Canada. Further, child or grandchild cannot apply for Canada Super Visa on behalf of their parents/grandparents.
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