Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents seeking temporary residence to visit their close relatives have the option to apply for extended visitors’ visas, commonly known as Super Visas. The multiple-entry Super Visa can be valid for up to ten years or until one month before the applicant’s passport expires, whichever comes first. During this period, Super Visa holders can stay in Canada for durations of up to 5 years. In contrast, a regular visitor visa typically allows a maximum stay of 6 months.
The Super Visa for Parents and Grandparents is still applicable to individuals from visa-exempt countries. Despite being allowed a 6-month entry without a visitor visa, individuals from visa-exempt countries who are parents or grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents can apply for a Letter of Introduction from outside Canada. This letter can be presented to a border official upon arrival, granting entry for a 2-year period.
The application for the Parents and Grandparents Super Visa is submitted to a visa office outside of Canada, and applicants must fulfill specific criteria.
First and foremost, eligibility for a regular visitor visa is a prerequisite. In addition to maintaining good health and possessing a valid travel document, applicants must convince a Canadian immigration official that they intend to depart the country at the end of their authorized stay. Demonstrating sufficient ties to their home country, such as employment, family connections, or property, is essential. Moreover, applicants must show that they have ample funds available to support themselves throughout their stay.
Furthermore, individual applicants must:
Additionally, the family member in Canada must:
It’s important to note that Super Visa holders have the rights and restrictions of regular tourist visa holders, meaning they cannot work or study while in Canada. Also, it’s worth mentioning that obtaining a Super Visa is possible even while a permanent residency application is pending. Individuals interested in applying for a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa are encouraged to complete our free online evaluation for an eligibility assessment.