Canadian citizens and permanent residents who has parents and grandparents that wants to obtain temporary residence to visit their close relatives may apply for a type of extended visitors’ visas known as Super Visas. Parents and grandparents that meets the requirements can apply for a single entry or multiple entry Super Visa. The multiple entry Super Visa has a maximum validity date of ten years, or one month before the applicant’s passport expires. Within this time, individuals with the Super Visa can stay in Canada for 2-years whereas, a regular visitor visa is up to a maximum period of 6-months
Citizens of visa exempt countries can still use the Super Visa program. These citizens do not need to obtain a visitor visa before they can enter Canada for 6 months. The citizens from the visa exempt countries can apply under the new program as a parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. They can apply from outside Canada, for a Letter of Introduction, which they present to a border official upon arrival to Canada. The Canadian border official will allow the individual to enter Canada for 2 years, when presented with a Letter of Introduction. The processing time for this Super Visa is relatively short which is approximately 8 weeks.
Applicants may apply for this visa to a visa office outside of Canada. There are certain criteria the applicant for a Parents and Grandparents Super Visa should meet.
The applicant must meet the requirements for a regular visitor visa which are;
- Good health
- Valid travel document
- Applicant must satisfy the immigration official that they will leave the country at the end of their stay
- They have to prove they have sufficient ties to their home country such as a job, family or property
- Prove that they have enough funds available to support themselves financially during their stay.
Additionally, the individual applicant must:
- Prove that they are the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Obtain and provide authentic medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company valid for at least one year, that will cover a minimum of $100,000 for health care, hospitalization and repatriation;
- Go for medical examination.
The relative in Canada must:
- Prove that they are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
- Give the applicant a letter of invitation which gives information about the applicant’s intended visit, about the child or grandchild’s occupation and economic status in Canada. The letter must also include a written and signed promise of financial support for the applicant for the period of their
- Prove that the money they earn is above a predetermined minimum level
Parent and Grandparent Super Visa holders have the rights and restrictions similar to a tourist visa holder, and cannot work or study while they are in Canada.
One can obtain a Super Visa while a permanent residency application is being processed.