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April 12, 2019

What is a super visa?

When you no longer live in the same country as your parents or grandparents, it can be difficult for them to pay you a visit as often as they would like. Fortunately, in Canada there is the super visa. Discover this tool especially designed to bring families together. 

What exactly is a super visa?

A super visa is a document that allows parents and grandparents visit their children and grandchildren who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents for up to two years at a time.   

It is a multiple-entry visa that is valid for up to 10 years.

What is the difference between a super visa, multiple-entry visa and visitor visa?

A multiple-entry visa is also valid for up to 10 years. It allows visits of up to 6 months at a time, while the super visa permits parents or grandparents to stay in Canada for up to 2 years.

A visitor visa is valid for one visit of up to 6 months.

Who is eligible for a super visa?

To apply for a super visa, you must be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and be eligible for entry into Canada.

Some other conditions may apply.

It is important to note that no dependent can be included on the application.

How much does it cost?

The cost of a super visa starts at $100.

This amount does not include biometrics collection or other fees, such as a courier or the issuing of other official documents.

What documents are required to complete my application?

First, your child or grandchild writes and signs a letter of invitation asking you to visit Canada. This letter must contain the following elements:

●       A promise of financial support for the duration of your stay. Your child or grandchild should provide proof of income to this effect.

●       A list of people who live in your child or grandchild’s household.

●       A copy of your child or grandchild’s proof of citizenship or permanent residency.

Then, you must provide proof of medical insurance coverage with a Canadian insurer. This insurance must be valid for at least one year and have at least $100,000 in coverage.

You may be required to provide your fingerprints and photo, or even pass an immigration medical exam.

You must also demonstrate that you are a genuine visitor who will voluntarily return to your country of origin when the visit is over.

Other factors could be assessed using documents or an interview:

●       Ties to your country of origin

●       Purpose of your visit

●       Your family or financial situation

●       Economic or political stability in your country of origin

What is the processing time for an application?

Processing times may vary from country to country, depending on visa offices and the need to take additional steps, such as medical exams or interviews.

Leave nothing to chance and send all required documents at the same time. Incomplete files will not be processed and will be returned to the applicant.

You should know that it is better to submit your application online instead of via regular mail. It’s faster, saves money and the checklist provided helps you avoid delays due to an incomplete file. You can submit any missing documentation online and track the status of your application in real time.  

Your original documents will be returned after the application process is complete, same with your visa, which will be stamped in your passport. You will receive an explanation in the event of a refusal.

What should I do when visiting Canada?

When you arrive at border services, the agents will first confirm your identity. It is therefore important to have all the required travel documents on hand. For this reason, avoid leaving such paperwork in your luggage.

If you travel by air, you may need an Electronic Travel Authorization or eTA, even if you have a super visa.  

Don’t forget to file your application before you depart.

For more information on the super visa and entry into Canada, consult the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Help Centre.

Have a great visit with your family!