The Super Visa Option is a method for grandparents and parents to immigrate to Canada.
The Super Visa can be an option for your family if you want to see your parent or grandparent on a frequent basis or stay with them for an extended period of time.
The Super Visa is a multi-entry visa that permits qualifying parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to enter, depart from, and return to Canada during this time. It is valid for a maximum of ten years.
For people who want to briefly rejoin with their loved ones in Canada, this visa is an alternative to the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) and is offered all year round. Because there are a limited number of slots available for the PGP, a lottery technique is used to distribute them. There are only 35,000 sponsorship applications available out of the approximately 200,000 application forms that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) gets each year.
For people who want to travel quickly and more securely to see their loved ones, the Super Visa is a possibility. While the PGP may take years to process, the Super Visa may take only a few months. As it eliminates the requirement to routinely reapply for a visitor's visa, it is also especially pertinent for nationals of nations that demand a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) in order to visit Canada.
In order to be eligible for the Super Visa, parents or grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents must not be barred from entering the country due to a medical condition or criminal conviction. The visa office may also impose additional requirements.
Additionally, the child or grandchild inviting his or her parents or grandparents must demonstrate that their family satisfies the prerequisite Low Income Cut-Off in order to qualify as a sponsor (LICO).
Recent Super Visa amendments in Canada enable families remain together for longer.
Canada made significant modifications to the Super Visa on July 4, 2022. The Super Visa previously only permitted the holder to remain in Canada for a total of two years per admission. Holders of Super Visas can now stay in Canada for a total of five years from each arrival. This entails that parents and grandparents will no longer need to renew their visas in order to stay in Canada for five years in a row.
Applicants can also obtain medical insurance from authorised businesses in nations other than Canada, which is another significant shift. This new initiative aims to give families a means to lower the cost of health insurance by several thousand dollars annually.
For more than ten years, Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to visit their parents and grandparents in Canada have had a popular and easily accessible alternative called the super visa. Government statistics show that the IRCC grants about 17,000 special visas annually.