Not everyone will fit into the requirements for the parent and grandparent Family Class Sponsorship, so the government of Canada has created the Super Visa which is a two year visa for parents and grandparents to come as visitors to Canada for an extended period of time. It’s ideal when residents of Canada want to be together with their family for longer periods of time like when a new baby is born, they are travelling and need help at home or simply want to spend more time with their parents and/or grandparents.
With the Super Visa, parents and grandparents are able to move freely throughout Canada for up to two years. Unlike a traditional visitor visa, the Super Visa is valid for up to 10 years or the validity of the passport. The first visit on the Super Visa can be for up to two years and subsequent visits will be limited to 12 months.
Requirements for the sponsor of a parent or grandparent Super Visa are:
- The sponsor must be the child or grandchild of the sponsored person; must provide a written commitment of financial support; and must meet the minimum income threshold for this program.
Requirements for the sponsored person (parent or grandparent) are:
- The sponsored person must be the parent or grandparent of the sponsor; must be admissible to Canada as a visitor; must prove that he or she has bought Canadian medical insurance coverage for at least one year; and must undergo an Immigration Medical Examination.