If you are Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to bring your foreign parents and grandparents to Canada, one attractive option you can consider is to apply for Super Visa for them. In this article, we will share tips on how to apply for Super Visa.
The Super Visa allows parents and grandparents to visit their family for up to five consecutive years without renewing their visitor status. As a Super Visa holder, you can enter Canada multiple times for up to 10 years. So, this gives a great opportunity to unite with your children and / or grandchildren.
Who is eligible for a Super Visa?
In order to be eligible for the Super Visa, you must be a parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. A spouse or common law partner of the applicant may be included on the application, but you can’t include any dependent in your application.
Moreover, you must not be inadmissible to Canada on the basis of criminality or health. As part of the application process, Super Visa applicants will need to undergo a medical examination. In addition, the applicants must be able to maintain sufficient ties to their home country.
Proof of Fund
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) ensures that the parents and grandparents will be properly supported during their time in Canada. So, the child or grandchild of the applicant must be able to prove that they can meet the income requirements, identified by the Low-Income Cut Off (LICO) in the table below. The purpose of the income requirement is to assess the child or grandchild’s ability to financially support their family members, especially since the responsibility that can come with supporting an elderly family member can be large.
Low Income Cut-Off (LICO)
The table below shows the income requirement for the Super Visa application.
|Size of family unit||Minimum necessary gross income|
|1 person (your child or grandchild)||$25,921|
|More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add||$6,985|
The proof may be in the form of the following documents:
- Notice of Assessment (NOA) or T4/T1 for the most recent tax year
- Employment Insurance Stubs
- An employment letter that includes salary and hire date
- Pay stubs
- Bank statements
The applicant must also provide a signed letter from their child or grandchild inviting them to Canada, which 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
The applicant must also have medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company that is:
- Valid for at least 1 year from the date of entry
- At least $100,000 of emergency coverage
- Have proof that the medical insurance has been paid in full
How to Apply for Super Visa
You must apply online with the IRCC Portal for a super visa and be outside Canada when you apply.
Follow these steps to apply online.
- Create an account and sign in.If it is your first time using the IRCC Portal, you will need to provide your email to receive a code to sign up for an account.
- Complete the online form and upload your documents. After you answer all the questions, you will get a list of documents you need to upload. This includes the documents that support your visa application. You can check the list of documents based on your situation.
- Pay with a credit card
Most applications for a super visa are processed within a few weeks or less. Processing times vary depending on the visa office.
After you have submitted your application, IRCC will review it and may also ask that the applicant:
- Go to an interview with their officials in the applicant’s country
- Send more information
- Get a medical exam
- Get a police certificate
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