How to Reunite with Your Parents and Grandparents with a Super Visa

The Super Visa permits parents and Grandparents of Canadian Citizens and permanent residents to visit their families for up to five consecutive years without the visitor status renewal. Also, parents and grandparents can enter Canada various times with Super Visa for up to 10 years.

Super Visa Eligibility Criteria

To stand eligible for a Super Visa, a candidate must be a parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. The spouse and common-law partner of the candidate can be included on the Super Visa application, however, no dependents may be included. One must also have a signed letter from their children or grandchildren inviting the candidate to Canada which includes:

  • Financial support for the length of the visit
  • The list and number of people in the household of this person
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent resident document

The candidate must also have medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company that is:

  • Valid for at least 1 year from the date of entry
  • Minimum of $100,000 of emergency coverage
  • Proof of the medical insurance has been paid in full

Furthermore, the child or grandchild of the candidate must be capable to offer evidence of the availability of enough funds as identified by the Low-Income Cut Off (LICO) in the following table. The sole purpose of the income requirement is to evaluate the child or grandchild’s capability to support their family, specifically the responsibility that comes with supporting elderly family members.

Size of the family unit Minimum necessary gross income
1 person (your child or grandchild) $25,921
2 persons $32,270
3 persons $39,672
4 persons $48,167
5 persons $54,630
6 persons $61,613
7 persons $68,598
More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add $6,985

The provided evidence will be in the form of the following documents:

  • Notice of Assessment (NOA) or T4/T1 for the latest tax year
  • Employment Insurance Stubs
  • An employment letter that includes salary and hiring date
  • Pay stubs
  • Bank statements

Application Submission

 After the application submission, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will thoroughly review the application and ensure that it has all the essential documents. IRCC may ask the candidate:

  • Go to an interview with their officials in the applicant’s country
  • Send more information
  • Get a medical exam
  • Get a police verification certificate

The processing times of the Super Visa application entirely depend upon the visa office and if you require extra steps as mentioned above. After the processing of the application, passports and other original documents will be returned to the candidate. If the application is approved, the visa gets stamped inside the applicant’s passport. In case, the candidate hails from a visa-exempt country, IRCC will issue the candidate with a letter that can be shown to border services upon arrival to Canada.

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