How to get a Super Visa to Canada | Super Visa

If you are interested in applying for a Super Visa, you are the Parent or Grandparent of a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident. You will need to meet certain requirements; in addition, your prospective Canadian Host will also need to meet certain requirements.

As the applicant, in order to be successful in your application for a Super Visa you will need to provide:

  • evidence of your relationship to the Canadian citizen or permanent resident you wish to visit
  • a letter of invitation from your child or grandchild,
  • proof from your child or grandchild that he meets the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) or Minimum Necessary Income
  • proof that you have private medical insurance valid for a minimum of one year from a Canadian insurance company.

This Medical Insurance is typically acquired on your own through a private insurance company. Many insurance companies are well aware of the Super Visa application and have specific programs for you.

You need to be certain that your medical insurance in Canada:

  • covers health care, hospitalization and repatriation,
  • provides a minimum coverage of $100 000, and
  • is valid for each entry to Canada and be available for review by an Immigration Officer

Income Requirement

In order to qualify for the Super Visa, your Canadian host (child or grandchild) will need to meet certain income requirements as per the ‘Low Income-Cut Off,’ or LICO. The Low Income Cut-Off is essentially the Minimum Income your Canadian Host must have, depending on his family size, in order to be eligible to invite you to visit Canada through the Super Visa category.

The Low Income Cut-Off is a regularly updated statistic that takes into account the current economic situation in Canada. Depending on your host’s family size, they will must have the following incomes as per the Low Income Cut-Off:

Size of Family Unit

Minimum necessary income

1 person (your child or grandchild)


2 persons


3 persons


4 persons


5 persons


6 persons


7 persons


More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add


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:

  • Them self
  • Their spouse or common-law partner, if applicable,
  • Their dependent children, if applicable,
  • Any person they may have sponsored previously and for whom the sponsorship agreement and undertaking are still in effect.

They then count the number of people they will be supporting :

  • You, and
  • Your spouse or common-law partner, if applicable.

These numbers are then added together and represent their family size.