Effective July 4, 2022, the Parents and Grandparents Super Visa length of stay per entry will now be 5 years. Currently, Super Visa holders can stay in Canada for up to 2 years per entry. The Super Visa allows holders to visit multiple times over 10 years without renewing their status. IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) Minister Sean Fraser announced the following updates to the Parents and Grandparents Super Visa in order to help reunite families more easily and for longer:
- The length of stay for Super Visa holders will be increased to five years per entry into Canada.
- IRCC will have the ability to designate international medical insurance companies to provide coverage to Super Visa applicants in the future
- Currently, only Canadian insurance providers can provide the necessary medical coverage required for Super Visa applicants.
- Parents and grandparents applying for a Super Visa must have a medical examination and provide proof of private health insurance from an approved insurance provider so Super Visa holders can receive emergency health care while they are in Canada, while ensuring that the cost of those services does not fall upon Canadian taxpayers.
- People who currently have a Super Visa have the option to request to extend their stay by up to 2 years while in Canada; current Super Visa holders will now be able to stay in Canada for up to 7 consecutive years.
Canada issues approximately 17,000 Super Visas each year.
What Is a Super Visa?
The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa is an alternative to the highly competitive Parents and Grandparents Program lottery (PGP). Individuals who have a child or grandchild in Canada, and who wish to spend an extended period of time with their families in Canada, also have the option to apply for the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa. While they will not be eligible for employment, a Super Visa will permit them to stay in Canada for up to 5 years.
A Super Visa is only available to someone who is either the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. The parent and grandparent super visa is a temporary resident permit that allows parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to visit Canada for up to 5 years per visit (effective July 4, 2022), and visit multiple times over 10 years without renewing their status. The Super Visa host child or grandchild must meet minimum income requirements.
Do You Want To Apply for a Parent or Grandparent Super Visa?
For more information on Super Visas and how to sponsor your parent or grandparent to move to Canada, contact Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (403) 452‑9515 or email us directly at [email protected]