What is super visa?
A super visa lets you visit your children or grandchildren for up to 5 years at a time. It’s a visa that provides multiple entries for a period up to 10 years. When you enter Canada, a border services officer will confirm how long you can stay.
There are specific requirements for a super visa, including the need for medical insurance. You must meet all the criteria to be eligible.
Starting July 4, 2022 increase in length of stay for super visa holders if you apply on or after July 4, 2022
- You’ll be eligible for a stay up to 5 years at a time.
However, you may be able to benefit from the increase in length of stay for an application submitted before July 4, 2022:
- If we approved your application before July 4
- As long as you enter Canada after July 4, you’ll be eligible for a stay of up to 5 years at a time.
- If we approve your application after July 4
- You’ll be eligible for a stay of up to 5 years at a time.
If you entered canada with a valid super visa before july 4
The length of stay granted to you by the border services officer when you entered Canada remains the same. For instance, if you were granted 2 years, it would remain 2 years.
- However, if you want to benefit from a longer stay, you’ll need to leave Canada before the end of your authorized stay and re-enter Canada after July 4, 2022. The border services officer may grant you a length of stay of up to 5 years if you still meet all the eligibility requirements for a super visa.
- Or you can apply to extend your stay in Canada and be approved for an extension of up to 2 years.
To be eligible for a super visa, you must
- be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
- have a signed letter from your child or grandchild who invites you to Canada that includes
- a promise of financial support for the length of your visit
- the list and number of people in the household of this person
- a copy of this person’s Canadian citizenship or permanent resident document
- have proof of private medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company
- This medical insurance needs to
- be paid in full, or in instalments with a deposit (quotes aren’t accepted)
- be valid for at least 1 year from the date you’ll enter Canada
- cover your health care, hospitalization and repatriation
- provide for at least $100,000 emergency coverage
Note: Private health insurance must be valid for each entry to Canada. Be prepared to show your proof of paid insurance to a border services officer if they ask to see it when you enter Canada.
You must also:
- apply for a super visa from outside Canada
- have your visa printed outside Canada (wait for visa office instructions)
- be allowed to enter Canada
- take an immigration medical exam
- meet certain other condition
Financial support (Proof of funds)
The child or grandchild who invites you must prove that their household meets the minimum necessary income. The following documents are examples of what can be used as proof of funds:
- Notice of Assessment (NOA) or T4/T1 for the most recent tax year
- Employment Insurance Benefit statements
- employment letter including salary, job title, job description, and date of hiring
- pay stubs
- bank statements
Other conditions we consider
We consider several things before we decide if you can come to Canada. You must be a genuine visitor to Canada who will leave by choice at the end of your visit.
We’ll look at these things when you apply:
- your ties to your home country
- the purpose of your visit
- your family and finances
the overall economic and political stability of your home country