Parent and Grandparent Super-visa


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.