The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa for Canada provide for extended periods of visits to Canada by parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Usually, super visas offer entry to Canada for up to two years, with the option to apply for one-year extensions at a time.

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Who is it for?

Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who wish to spend long periods visiting Canada. Need insurance for applicants?

Yes, before arriving in Canada, all applicants are expected to buy private medical insurance. For Super Visa holders, Best Quote offers this service.

Who can help?

The Super Visa has enabled many thousands of foreign parents and grandparents to come to Canada for extended periods since it was first implemented in 2011, benefiting families and communities across the world, not only socially, but economically as well. For example, parents and grandparents of adult children may help take care of infants by their presence in Canada, enabling immigrants of working age and naturalized citizens to engage completely in the Canadian labor force.

An applicant’s spouse or common-law partner may also come to Canada with the same status, but other dependants may not.

It should be remembered that it is not permitted for Super Visa holders to work in Canada. There is a permanent residency programme for parents and grandparents, but in this programme there is a small number of visas, and applications can take a long time to be approved.

What do I need to do?

In order to apply for the Super Visa, there are a couple of requirements that must be met

  • You must have an invitation from a Canadian host (i.e. your child or grandchild). A minimum income requirement must be met by the host since they are responsible for your financial support while in Canada.
  • You're supposed to pass a medical test.
  • For at least one year, you must have valid Canadian medical insurance coverage. Applicants must provide evidence that they have purchased private insurance policies from a provider of Canadian medical insurance, such as Best Quote travel insurance.

The insurance policy requires

  • Be valid for at least one year.
  • Cover health insurance, hospitalisation, and repatriation.
  • Have a $100,000 minimum coverage.
  • Be valid for each entry to Canada.
  • Be accessible at a Canadian port of entry for inspection by an officer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Super Visa for Parents and Grandparents?

For parents and grandparents of permanent residents or Canadian nationals, it is a long-term, multiple entry visa.

The Super Visa (Super Visa) Parent and Grandparent is a temporary resident permit that allows parents and grandparents to remain in Canada per visit for up to 2 years. For up to 10 years, it is true.

A regular multiple-entry visa is also valid for a period of up to 10 years, but permits a stay of up to 6 months per visit only.

Who qualifies for this visa?

This visa is for permanent residents or Canadian citizens’ parents and grandparents. Parents or grandparents must be deemed to be admissible to Canada and other requirements must be met.

Applicants need, for example, a letter of financial support from their child or grandchild in Canada who meets the minimum income needed.

Applicants will need to buy and present evidence of Canadian medical insurance that meets and protects the minimum criteria for at least 1 year.

If the parent or grandparent is from a country where a visa is necessary to enter Canada as a tourist, the procedure is distinct.

What happens if my parents or grandparents want to stay in Canada permanently?

Outside of Canada, they can apply for permanent residency.

Important Note: New applications for parents and grandparents will not be approved by the sponsorship programme until further notice.