The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa (Super Visa) is a temporary resident permit that allows parents and grandparents to stay for up to 2 years in Canada per visit. It is valid for up to 10 years. A regular multiple-entry visa is also valid for up to 10 years, but only allows stays of up to 6 months per visit.
An applicant is eligible for a super visa if they meet the requirements for temporary residence in Canada as a visitor and provide the additional required documentation. Specifically, they must provide the following:
- proof of their relationship to the child or grandchild (who must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident).
- proof of a medical examination and of being admissible on health grounds.
- Evidence of private medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company valid for a minimum period of 1 year from the date of entry.
- a letter of invitation written and signed by the host child or grandchild promising financial support for the entire duration the applicant intends to stay in Canada.
- evidence of the child’s or grandchild’s means of providing financial support through meeting the low-income cut-off (LICO) minimum (a co-signer may be added to meet the LICO minimum).