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Super Visa for Parents and Grandparents


A parent and grandparent super visa is a 10 year visa that allows for multiple entries to Canada during its validity and allows one to stay in Canada continuously for a period of 2 years. There is no particular time for acceptance of applications and can be submitted at the discretion of the applicant. In most cases, people use this as an alternative to the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). It allows for reuniting with parents and grandparents temporarily. Contrary to the PGP which is limited and lottery based, the Super Visa promotes more certainty in obtaining the visa. If you are from a country that needs a Temporary Resident Visa, you might benefit more from a super visa as this eliminates the constant need to re-apply for a visitor’s visa.


A super visa can be applied for by parents and grandparents of Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents. It is pertinent to note that in order to apply for the super visa, the parents and grandparents should not be inadmissible on the grounds of health and criminality. Read more at https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/inadmissibility/reasons.html.


The process for application for Super Visa is similar to that of the temporary resident visa and differs in two primary aspects. Firstly, the Canadian Citizen or the Permanent Resident are required to provide signed letter promising financial support throughout the duration of the visa and secondly, the applicants must secure a medical insurance of at least $100,000 from a Canadian Insurance company valid for at least one year from the date of entry.


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