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A Super Visa is a type of Temporary Resident Visa that is specifically reserved for parents and grandparents of Canadian Permanent residents or Citizens. It can be valid for up to ten years at a time, which is substantially greater than the traditional Temporary Resident Visa.
The Super Visa became popular with the closing of the parental sponsorship application. Now, Canadian Citizens and permanent residents have the option to invite their parents and grandparents for this extended period of time.
Those who are successful in obtaining their Super Visa will still need to renew their visa every three years, if they remain in Canada consecutively, but the duration of its validity can be as long as ten years.
A Super Visa is geared specifically to Grandparents and Parents of Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents while a regular visa or Visitor Visa is open to anyone who requires it to enter Canada temporarily.
Currently, most visitors to Canada may visit for up to six months when they first enter Canada. Visitors who wish to stay longer must apply for an extension, and pay a new fee.
With the Super Visa, parents and grandparents can visit family in Canada for up to two years without the need to renew their status. Also, the Super Visa can be granted for up to ten (10) years. This means that your parent or grandparent can remain in Canada for this extended period of time with only the need to renew their Super Visa every two years as oppose to six months.
Further, the Super Visa is also a Multiple-Entry visa and therefore allows your parent or grandparent to enter and exit Canada at their convenience for the duration of their Super Visa.
The Super Visa is strictly for parents and grandparents of Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents, as such, you must:
Part of the Super Visa Application is also demonstrating that you have the necessary funds available to support your parents’ or grandparents’ stay in Canada. As such, you will need to meet the minimum necessary income as per the Low Income Cut Off:
Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) 2015 for Super Visa
|Size of Family Unit||Minimum necessary income|
|1 person (your child or grandchild)||$23,861|
|More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add||$6,429|
This chart outlines the income that your Canadian Host needs as per their family size. In order to accurately assess their family size your child or grandchild counts:
They then count the number of people they will be supporting:
These numbers are then added together and represent their family size. Depending on your family size, the income requirement applies.
When processing your Super Visa application, an Immigration Officer will assess several different factors before they make a decision. These factors should be adequately demonstrated in your application and supporting documentation if you hope to be successful in your application. An Immigration Officer will look at such things as:
In your Super Visa application, you will also need to prove that:
In order to be successful in applying for the Super Visa application, in addition to the above, you will also need to demonstrate the fact that you are also a bona fide Temporary Resident. This means also demonstrating the following:
If you are interested in applying for a Super Visa, we will work with you and your family to ensure the application is done right. Ensuring that you demonstrate your familial connection, availability of funds and your status to be that of a Temporary Resident is essential. A Super Visa may be issued for up to ten years, but that does not mean it will automatically be granted as such. Submitting a strong case means the Super Visa has a high chance for success and will be granted for the longest possible amount of time.
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