Temporary residents: Super visa

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and the Minister of Public Safety issued Ministerial Instructions concerning the parents and grandparents extended stay temporary resident visa (TRV) (super visa) and the authorized period of extended stay.

These Ministerial Instructions were issued in accordance with the ministerial authority found in subsection 15(4) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and direct officers to consider issuing to eligible parents and grandparents a multiple-entry TRV for up to 10 years, with the status period extending for up to two years upon their initial stay, and to consider authorizing periods of stay for eligible visa-exempt applicants who require an electronic travel authorization (eTA). While the initial authorized period of extended stay is for up to two years, applicants are assessed as regular visitors for any additional applications for extension.

Eligibility criteria and documentary requirements

An applicant is eligible for a super visa if they meet the requirements for temporary residence in Canada as a visitor and provide the additional required documentation. Specifically, they must provide the following:

  • proof of their relationship to the child or grandchild (who must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident), such as
    • a copy of the child’s or grandchild’s birth certificate,
    • a copy of the child’s or grandchild’s baptismal certificate, or
    • other official document naming the applicant as the parent;
  • proof of a medical examination and of being admissible on health grounds;
  • satisfactory evidence of private medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company valid for a minimum period of one year from the date of entry that (all must apply)
    • covers the applicant for health care, hospitalization and repatriation,
    • provides a minimum of $100,000 coverage,
    • is valid for each entry to Canada and available for review by the examining officer upon request;
  • a letter of invitation written and signed by the host child or grandchild promising financial support for the entire duration the applicant intends to stay in Canada;
  • evidence of the child’s or grandchild’s means of providing financial support through meeting the low income cut-off (LICO) minimum (a co-signer may be added to meet the LICO minimum) in the form of one of the following documents:
    • the most recent copy of the notice of assessment (if the child or grandchild does not have a paper copy of their notice of assessment on file, they can view and print their tax returns as well as other personal tax information using the Canada Revenue Agency My Account online service by visiting www.cra.gc.ca/myaccount to register or log in),
    • the most recent copy of the child's or grandchild’s T4 or T1,
    • an original letter from the child’s or grandchild’s employer stating their
      • job title,
      • job description,
      • salary,
    • the child’s or grandchild’s employment insurance pay stubs, including
      • a letter from an accountant confirming the child’s or grandchild’s annual income, if they are self-employed,
      • proof of other sources of income (pension statement, investments, etc.).

Note: The proof of financial requirements (LICO) must include details about the number of people in the host’s household and proof of income at the appropriate level for the total number of people, including the visiting parent(s) or grandparent(s). However, it is not meant to cover family members in the visitor’s household who are not visiting, regardless of whether they could eventually be included as dependants in the visitor’s FC4 application.

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