Super Visa For Parents & Grandparents

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    A Super Visa allows parents or grandparents to visit their children or grandchildren in Canada and it is valid for 10 years with a maximum stay period of 5 years at a time. 

    As a super visa holder, you must

    • Renew and maintain your health insurance 
    • Carry a valid passport while in Canada 

    Super Visa Requirements for Parents & Grandparents

    To be eligible for a Super Visa of Canada, you must 

    • be outside of Canada while applying for Super Visa 
    • have an invitation letter 
    • have enough finances 
    • show ties to your home country 
    • have an intent to return to your home country 
    • clear the immigration medical examination 
    • show your purpose for visiting Canada 
    • have a child or grandchild as a host in Canada 
    • have health insurance from either a Canadian company or any other company approved by IRCC
    • print your visa at a visa office outside of Canada 

    Super Visa: Eligibility for Children & Grandchildren

    To be eligible for a Super Visa, your children or grandchildren must fulfill the following criteria; 

    Document Checklist for Super Visa 

    Super Visa Canada checklist requires:


     a. if self-employed, then a letter from an accountant confirming the annual income) 
    b. if employed, then a letter from the employer stating proof of occupation, job description, and annual income 

    • A copy of the sponsor’s passport and a permanent resident or visa, and proof of occupation
    • Stay purpose of immigration
    • A promise of financial assistance for the duration of your visit 
    • The number of persons living in the individual’s home, as well as a copy of the individual’s Canadian citizenship or permanent residency document
    • Documentation establishing their parental or grandparental relationship to the Canadian citizen or permanent resident they intend to visit

    Super Visa Application Process

    To apply for Super Visa, you must 

    • Be outside of Canada
    • Make sure you meet the requirements to apply for a Super Visa 
    • If you find yourself eligible then gather all the required documents. 
    • Get an invitation code and create an account in the IRCC portal 
    • Fill out the application form for Super Visa 
    • Upload required information and documents 
    • Pay the fees using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, and UnionPay Credit or Prepaid cards.
    • Wait for the application to be processed and answer any extra information requests.

    NOTE: In case, you are not able to apply online, you can apply on paper. 

    To apply on paper, you must 

    • Read the application form carefully because there is no refund policy. 
    • Fill out the form and submit the application. 
    • For applicants below 18 years of age, the application must be signed by a parent or guardian. 
    • Pay the processing and biometric fees. 
    • Pay for medical exam and police clearance certificate. 

    NOTE 1. Members of one family must send their individual applications in one package to the location where applications would be processed. 
    NOTE 2. If you need to give biometrics, you must apply in person. 

    Super Visa Processing Time

    The processing time for a Super Visa is 60 days. However, you might experience delays if you do not provide biometric information on time. 

    To process the application, you may also need

    Super Visa Canada Fees

    Canada Super Visa fee is CAN$100 per person and the biometric fee is CAN$85 per person. There might be additional charges depending on the individual application. 

    Super Visa Invitation Letter Sample

    To obtain a Super Visa, you are required to write an invitation letter for your parents or grandparents. They must include this letter of invitation in their application for a Super Visa. 

    Must include the following information about yourself and the person you are inviting. 

    About Yourself About the Person who is applying for a Super Visa 
    Your full name Full Name with complete address 
    Complete address & telephone number in Canada Telephone number 
    Relationship proof with the person Relationship proof with the person
    Job profile Date of birth 
    Canadian Citizenship or PR Status Purpose of the trip 
    A copy of a document showing your ties to Canada (Canada birth certificate, Canadian Citizenship Card, PR Card, or IMM 1000, Indian status card)Staying period/ plan in Canada
    Family Details Where the person will stay and how they will pay for their living
    Promise letter of financial support for parents or grandparents When the person will leave Canada 

    Here is a quick reference to the invitation letter. But this information is only for you to get started. You must write the invitation letter by yourself. Otherwise, it can result in rejection. 


    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    What are my options if my parents or grandparents desire to make Canada their permanent home?

    It’s possible that you’ll be able to sponsor your parents and grandparents for permanent residency in Canada. It is essential that you take into consideration the fact that the family sponsorship program for parents and grandparents only accepts a predetermined number of applicants each year.

    Does Super Visa Canada require medical insurance?

    Yes. Super Visa Canada requires medical insurance. Medical insurance must be from a Canadian insurer and must be valid for at least one year from your projected entrance date. It must cover $100,000 in Canadian dollars.

    Can Canadians apply for a super visa?

    The Super Visa Canada application process is available both electronically and manually. In order to apply for a super visa, you must be outside of Canada. Applying from within Canada is not permitted.

    Is it possible to change a super visa into a green card or permanent resident card?

    No, a parent or grandparent’s super visa is only valid for a limited time and cannot be changed to a permanent resident card.

    Can I sponsor my mother?

    If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may apply to sponsor your mother. With Super Visa Canada, your mother may visit you in Canada up to 10 times, staying for up to two years at a time.

    How long does it take to process a super visa?

    The current processing period for an application for a Super Visa Canada from India is 89 days. The time it takes to provide biometric information is not included in the processing time. It may take up to 114 days.