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A Super Visa is a Temporary Resident Permit issued to parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. The super visa allows parents and/or grandparents to enter the Canada and stray for up to 2 years per visit and is valid for a period of 10 years. A Multiple Entry Visit, on the other hand, is also valid for 10 years but only allows 6 months of stay per visit; different from a Super Visa which enables 2 years of stay. The super visa allows parents and grandparents of Citizens and/or permanent residents to enter Canada and stay with them for an authorised period.
You must be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
You must be allowed entry into Canada
Meet other certain conditions, depending on which apply to you
The reason you came for a visit
Your ties to your home country or country of permanent residence
Your relatives you are visiting and the relatives back in the country from which you came from
Your personal finances and the finances of the relatives you are visiting. This is to make sure you have adequate amount of money to comfortably finance your stay but not exceeding a limit that will indicate you are planning to exceed your permitted stay
The socio-economic stability of your home-country; this is to show that you do not intend to file for a refugee claim during your stay
Whether you received an invitation from a Canadian host
Prove the child you are visiting in Canada, whether your son or daughter or any of your grandchildren, meet the minimum income required
Prove that the child or grandchild you are visiting will provide with the necessary financial support (see chart below)
Have medical insurance in Canada for at least one year
Have the necessary immigration medical exam
For bullet point 1 in the above list, the low incomes cut off requirements are stated below:
Size of family unit
Minimum necessary income
Persons of foreign nationality who enter Canada by obtaining a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) can stay in Canada for a period of 6 months upon and after the date of their first entry. If such a visitor wishes to stay longer than their authorised period of stay, they must apply for an extension and pay the fee for the new application process
In contrast, a parent or grandparent super visa enables eligible parents and grandparents to stay in Canada for a period of two years when they initially arrive in Canada.
When applying for a super visa, you should include the following people when determining your family size:
The child or the grandchild who is inviting you
If the child or grandchild inviting who is inviting you is married, their spouse
The dependent children of the child or grandchild inviting you
The dependent children travelling with you
Any person who was or is being sponsored or co-signed by the child or grandchild who is inviting you
The parent and grandparent super visa is a multiple entry visa that allows the visa holder to enter Canada for up to 10 years. The visitor can stay in Canada for 2 years per visit, so once the 2 years reaches you have to exit the country and then come back.
You must have a valid passport in order to obtain a visa. It is recommended for most countries that your passport be valid for 6 months from the date of your departure for Canada.
You may require a Temporary Resident Visa if your nationality is not in the list of exempted countries which do not require a Temporary Resident Visa
If you are a foreign national of a country whose citizens are exempt from obtaining Temporary Resident Visa, then you will require an eTA, which can be obtained by applying online and paying a fee of $7
Even when you are able to obtain any of the above two required documents, you must be able to enter Canada without any inadmissibility issues. If you do have admissibility issues to enter Canada, you may be required to obtain a Temporary Resident Permit to overcome your inadmissibility issues. If more than 5 years have passed since you committed and were convicted of your crime for which you have inadmissibility issues, you may opt for Criminal Rehabilitation. Successful result of the latter will mean you will no longer require a Temporary Resident Permit to order Canada from thereon.
Currently Citizenship and Immigration Canada is processing applications of parent and grandparents super visas that were received November 4, 2011. Usually processing times for such applications range from 60 to 180 days; check online on cic.gc.ca to see the status and stage of your application.
When you arrive at a port of entry in Canada such as an airport, make sure you have all the necessary documents and proof in hand or on your body to ensure efficiency and minimum time delays. Be prepared to present your passport and/or other necessary travel documents when requested by an Immigration Officer. Immigration officers may also ask you for an interview.
A parent and grandparent super visa will enable you and your children to see their grandparents and your parents for up to 10 years. However, an unsuccessful application will hinder future prospects of an application and will cause massive details to other applications. We highly recommend you to contact and seek the help of prominent immigration law firm such as Akrami and Associates to help you with the process.
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