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Denied Super Visa for Parents and Grandparents

Denied Super Visa for Parents and Grandparents

Super Visa Application Refused?

Applied for super visa for your parents or grandparents and got denied? Keep reading to see if you made any mistakes or the immigration officer.

What is a Super Visa?

The super visa is a special visa drafted by the Canadian immigration specifically for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens of permanent residents. A super visa is a temporary document that allows parents and grandparents to live in Canada for up to two years per every visit for ten years. In order to gain this visa you must meet certain criteria set forth by Canadian immigration.

Not everyone qualifies for a super visa. This visa is perfect for people who are nationals of countries which are not visa exempt. Meaning people from these countries have to apply for a temporary document before attempting to enter Canada. Some of these countries are Peru, South Africa, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Senegal, Cuba, Russia, Brazil, Egypt, India and Pakistan and so on. There are many countries which are visa exempt, meaning nationals from those countries do not need to have a temporary document to enter Canada. Some of those countries are France, Germany, Singapore, Spain, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, Bahamas, Italy, and Australia and so on. Remember, the visa exempt countries can also apply for a super visa; however they will be issued a different document from immigration which would allow them to visit Canada for two years at a time.

Reasons for Super Visa Refusal

There are many reasons immigration officers would refuse super visa application and some of these reasons are:

  • Violation of human or international rights

  • Security threat to Canada and Canadians

  • Health threat to Canadians

  • Financially unstable

  • Ties to organized crime

  • Misrepresentation

  • Family member not allowed to enter Canada

  • Criminal record

  • Incomplete application

Super Visa options after a refusal

You have 3 options: you can reapply, ask for reconsideration or appeal to the federal court. Reapplication is the best route to take as you simply re-apply with a stronger and more complete application. Keep in mind, if you want to reapply, you have to make sure that you explain why you are reapplying and if you submit new information then you have to explain why this information was not submitted the first time around. When you receive a refusal letter; immigration officer will outline the grounds based on which the refusal was conducted. Use those grounds to make your reapplication stronger.

If you believe that the immigration officer made a mistake in refusing your application for super visa, you can ask for a reconsideration of the same application. Be prepared to explain why you think an error in law was made on their behalf. Remember, if you request a reconsideration of your application then you cannot add new information to your case. However, you can do this if you reapply.

Lastly, you can appeal your case to the federal court of Canada. This is not recommended as it highly costly and time consuming. Reapplication is the best option for super visa applications unless you have been told otherwise in the refusal letter.

How to avoid Super Visa Denials

It is always better to submit a strong and complete application rather than going through processes which can be lengthy and costly. If you want to see your parents and grandparents as soon as possible, please pay attention to your submission the first time around. Yes, the super visa can be a complicated application with many factors at play and this is why we recommend consulting a professional to assess your situation. Here are a few things you need to be aware of before submission of your application:

  • Provide proof of finances – you must meet the LICO

  • Provide proof of relationship with your parents and grandparents

  • Get your medical insurance ahead of time

  • Pledge financial and other supports for sponsored persons

  • Applicants must be able to show sufficient ties to their country of residence

These are only some of the points you need to know before submission. There could be more or less depending on your cases. As you already know, submitting a complete application can save you time, money and a lot of hassle. It is also important to note that immigration requires specific documentation; there is no point in submitting documents that are irrelevant.

One of the most important aspects of super visa application is to show the government that you can indeed take financial responsibility of the people you are inviting to Canada. look at the table below and assess yourself and your family. The numbers shown below are the minimum amounts.

Low Income Cut-off

 Size of family unit (sponsor – child/grandchild)  

 Minimum income necessary  

1 person

$ 24,600

2 persons

$ 30,625

3 persons

$ 37,650

4 persons

$ 45,712

5 persons

$ 51,846

6 persons

$ 58,478

7 persons

$ 65,101


If your family size is more than 7 persons, simply add $6,628 for each additional person.

Looking to apply for a Super Visa for your Parents or Grandparents? Then contact Akrami and Associates.

Akrami and Associates has assisted many clients with different immigration matters from temporary to permanent applications to many successful Super Visa applications. Contact Akrami and Associates for more information on how to apply for this application. For more details call 416-477-2545. Our immigration experts have submitted many successful immigration applications and we can help you achieve your immigration goals as well. Contact us today!

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