Parent and Grandparent Super-visa

Overview:

The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa was launched in 2011 by IRCC to facilitate multiple entry and longer term stay for Temporary Resident Visas (TRVs) issued to applicants who require a TRV to visit their child or grandchild who is a citizen or permanent resident of Canada; and facilitate authorized stays of longer duration for those coming from visa-exempt countries.  It’s a multi-entry visa that provides multiple entries for a period up to 10 years. Periods of authorized stay for each individual entry is up to 2 years. A super visa is more convenient and applicable than a regular 10-year multiple entry visitor visa which would have a status period for each entry of 6 months only.

 

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicant Eligibility:

To be eligible for a super visa, you must:

  • be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • have a signed invitation letter from your child or grandchild that includes:
    • a promise of financial support for the length of your visit
    • the list and number of people in the household of this person
    • a copy of this person’s Canadian citizenship or permanent resident document
  • have medical insurance from a Canadianinsurance company that is:
    • valid for at least 1 year from the date of entry
    • at least $100,000 coverage
    • have proof that the medical insurance has been paid (quotes aren’t accepted)
  • be admissible to Canada
  • satisfy an immigration officer that you are a genuine visitor to Canada and will leave at the end of your visit
  • take an immigration medical exam

 

Financial support (proof of funds):

The child or grandchild who invites you must provide documents to prove that their household meets the minimum necessary income:

  • Notice of Assessment (NOA) or T4/T1 for the most recent tax year
  • Employment Insurance stubs
  • employment letter including salary and date of hiring
  • pay stubs
  • bank statements

 

Low Income Cut-Off (LICO)

Size of Family Unit Minimum necessary gross income
2 persons $31,061
3 persons $38,185
4 persons $46,362
5 persons $52,583
6 persons $59,304
7 persons $66,027
More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add $6,723

 

Application Documents:

  • A letter of invitation from your child or grandchild who is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • Financial support documents from your child or grandchild
  • Proof of private medical insurance of at least $100, 000 coverage for a minimum of one year with a Canadian insurance company (copy of the insurance certificate or  policy)
  • A document confirming that you had an immigration medical exam
  • Evidence of the parent or grandparent relationship to the Canadian citizen or permanent resident you wish to visit (e.g. copy of birth certificate)
  • IMM 5484 Document Checklist
  • IMM 5257 Application form for TRV
  • IMM 5707 Family Information Form
  • IMM 5409 Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union (if applicable)
  • Two 35mm x 45mm photos (either black and white or colour) taken within the last 6 months that meet the specifications
  • IMM 5476 Use of a Representative (if applicable)
  • Proof of payment in an acceptable format (Visa office do not accept payments from Canadian banks)
  • Photocopy of the information page(s) of your valid passport or travel document
  • Two 35mm x 45mm photos (either black and white or colour) taken within the last 6 months meeting the specifications requirements
  • Proof of Financial Support
  • Photocopy of your Marriage Certificate
  • Purpose of Travel
  • Proof of your current immigration status (if you country of residence differs from the country of citizenship on your passport)
  • Any additional documents required by the responsible visa office

 

Application Process:

You must apply for a super visa from outside Canada. You can apply online or on paper. You can’t include dependants in this application.

  • Get documents ready
  • Complete the application
  • Pay application fees
  • Submit the application

 

Application fees:

You must pay your fees online. You must pay the biometrics fee when you submit your application.

Government fees:

Application fee : $100

Biometrics fee: $85/person

Third-party fees: medical exam, police certificate, notary, translation, delivery and postage, etc.