Thinking of inviting your parents or grandparents on a Super Visa and don’t know where to start? We have created a little guide to help you navigate the application system and tell you about what is required and how to increase your success in getting this visa. We recommend to visit the official Government site for full information and a step by step application process, as well as for all the latest updates on processing times and news.
The super visa was created in 2011 by the Government of Canada to allow Canadian permanent residents and citizens to be able to reunite with their parents and grandparents for a longer period at a time. While a regular visitors visa allows the person to remain in Canada for up to 6 months, with the super visa they can stay for up to 2 years per visit. The Super Visa is a multi-entry visa that provides multiple entries for a period up to 10 years. The Super Visa is ideal for parents and grandparents who live in countries that require a Temporary Resident Visa for entry to Canada, and it will allow them to travel freely between Canada and their country of residence without needing to reapply for the visa after 6 months.
There are specific requirements that you must meet to be able to get a super visa. First, you must be a child or a grandchild of the visitor in order to be able to apply. Second, you have to provide an invitation letter that includes all of your parents’ personal information, such as names, dates of birth and address and phone number. The letter has to specify the purpose of their visit, the planned duration of their stay and how they will finance themselves while in Canada. That same letter must also include your information, such as personal details, number of family members, your job title and proof of status in Canada. Most importantly, remember to include a written and signed promise of your financial support for your parents or grandparents for the entire stay in Canada and provide proof that your income meets or is above the low-income cut-off (LICO) for the total number of people, including the visiting parents or grandparents. You might need to notarize this letter, if the visa office requires it. You will need to mail your letter to the person you are inviting to Canada and that person must send this letter to the Canadian embassy or consulate outside of Canada when he or she applies for the visa.
Before coming to Canada your parents or grandparents will most likely be asked to go through a medical exam. That usually includes a medical questionnaire completed with an approved panel physician, as well a physical examination that usually includes checking their height and weight, measuring their blood pressure and listening to the heart and lungs, along with other various exams. Depending on the parents’ or grandparent’s ages, they may be required to do x-rays and laboratory tests. This type of screening is routine and the doctor will go over any abnormal results, if any, with them. They may be referred to a specialist for more testing, depending on the results of their medical exam. It is very advisable to complete any medical requests as soon as possible in order to avoid any unnecessary delays in the processing.
Another more important component of the application for the super visa is proof of medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company. The requirement is to purchase an insurance policy before you submit your application and send proof of it as part of the package. The insurance has to be for one year and have at least $100,000 in coverage. These types of plans are often referred to as visitors to Canada insurance plans and cover medical emergencies up to the sum insured. The dates on these types of policies are very flexible so can be changed as needed, depending on how long the application for the super visa takes. We recommend comparing between a few products and adding coverage for pre-existing conditions if your parents or grandparents have any. These can include any sickness, injury or medical condition for which they had symptoms and have had a medical consultation and the condition existed prior to the effective date of the policy. The condition would need to be stable for the required period of time, usually 4-6 months in order to be covered. The coverage details can be found in each company’s policy wording booklet so be sure to go over it and ask questions if you have any concerns.
While super visa is a great family reunification program, it is not guaranteed and the approval is completely up to the discretion of the visa officer checking the application. There are a few key steps you can take to improve your chances of getting the super visa for your parents or grandparents. Most crucial thing the Government looks at is that the visitor is in fact just temporarily visiting and is planning to go back home at the end of the visit. Therefore, your job is to show your parents’ or grandparent’s strong ties to their home country. These can be a job back home, their real estate, finances, relatives in their home country. For more on this you can check this page. You should also illustrate how you will support your parents while they stay in Canada and send proof of a good insurance plan, with a low or mid deductible.
We consider ourselves specialists in the super visa insurance field, having been offering these products for over 10 years and are happy to help with any of your insurance questions and needs. Contact us anytime if you have any questions or need advice and we wish you a ton of luck with your super visa application and hope you get to spend an amazing time in Canada with your parents and/or grandparents.