Parents and grandparents of Canadians can remain in Canada for an extended period with the Super Visa.
The Super Visa is a temporary visa that is an appealing choice for Canadian citizens and permanent residents who wish to bring their foreign parents and grandparents to Canada.
The Super Visa permits parents and grandparents to visit their family for up to five straight years without the renewal of their visitor status. Super Visa bearers can visit Canada multiple times for up to 10 years. Furthermore, there is no lottery for the Super Visa, so it presents higher certainty to families wishing to sponsor.
What Are The Eligibility Requirements For a Super Visa?
Let’s take a quick look at the eligibility requirements for the Super Visa:
- You must be a grandparent or a parent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Your spouse or common-law partner could be added to the application; however, no dependents can be included.
- You must not be unacceptable to Canada based on criminality or health. Super Visa applicants will be required to go through a medical examination.
- The purpose of visit to Canada will be reviewed, and you must hold satisfactory ties to your home country.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) makes sure that the parents and grandparents will be supported appropriately during their stay in the country. The applicant’s child or grandchild must provide evidence that they can satisfy the income requirements specified by the Low-Income Cut Off (LICO).
The objective of the income requirement is to evaluate the child or grandchild’s capability to support their family members financially. Particularly since the responsibility of caring for an elderly family member can be enormous.
The proof of income could be in the form of the following documents:
- Employment Insurance Stubs
- Notice of Assessment (NOA) or T4/T1 for the most recent tax year
- A letter of employment stating the salary and hire date
- Pay stubs
- Bank statements
The applicant must also present a signed invitation letter from their child or grandchild to Canada, which includes the following details:
- A commitment to financial support for the span of the visit
- The list and number of individuals in the household of this person
- Canadian citizenship or permanent resident document copy of the person inviting
The applicant must also hold medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company bearing the following details:
- Minimum validity of 1 year from the date of entry
- A minimum of $100,000 of emergency coverage
- Proof of full payment of medical insurance
How Can You Apply?
Once you have all the required documentation, the application should be processed at the Canadian visa office accountable for the application’s place of residence outside Canada.
After applying, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will review it and could also ask you for the following:
- Have an interview with their officials in your country
- To send more information
- To undergo a medical exam
- To acquire a police certificate
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