Super visa (for parents and grandparents): How to apply

How to apply

Video: Save time: Send a complete application

This tutorial video shows you how to complete your application correctly and avoid common errors that can cause delays.

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Get your documents ready

Before you apply for a super visa, you need:

  • a letter of invitation from your child or grandchild who is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada that includes:
    • a promise of financial support for the duration of your visit
    • the list and number of people in the household of this person
    • a copy of this person’s Canadian citizenship or permanent resident document
  • proof that your child or grandchild’s household meets the minimum necessary income; examples include:
    • Notice of Assessment (NOA) or T4/T1 for the most recent tax year
    • Employment Insurance stubs
    • employment letter including salary and date of hiring
    • pay stubs
    • bank statements
  • proof of payment for medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company that is:
    • valid for at least 1 year from the date of entry
    • at least $100,000 coverage
  • a document confirming that you had an immigration medical exam

You need to give your biometrics

In most cases, if you’re from a visa-required country you now need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) after you apply. Find out where biometrics fits in the application process.

Are you visa-exempt? You can still apply for a super visa.

If you don’t need a visitor visa to enter Canada, you can still get a super visa to stay in Canada for up to 2 years. If we approve your application, we’ll issue you a letter to give to a border services officer when you arrive in Canada.

If you travel by air, you may also need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) separately to allow you to travel to and enter Canada. The eTA will be electronically linked to your passport, so you need to travel with the passport you used to apply for your eTA, and your letter to facilitate your travel to Canada.

Apply for a super visa

You must apply for a super visa from outside Canada. You can apply online or on paper.

If you need assistance, you can get help with your application at your nearest visa application centre (VAC).

Why you should apply online

  • No courier fees or mail delivery time – we get your application instantly.
  • Online applications may be processed more quickly.
  • Avoid processing delays. Incomplete applications are returned to you. Applying online helps ensure your application is complete before you submit it.
  • If we need to ask for more documents, you can quickly submit them online.
  • You don’t need to submit your passport until we ask for it.
  • Get updates on the status of your application directly in your online account.

Apply online

Ready to get started?

To apply online, you need a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents, and a valid credit or debit card.

  • Read the instruction guide before you complete your application. As an online applicant, you can ignore steps 3 and 4 of the guide (paying the fees and submitting your application).
  • You must pay the biometrics fee when you submit your application. Otherwise you may experience delays.

Apply on paper

Get the application package

The application package includes an instruction guide and all the forms you need to fill out.

Read the guide carefully before you complete your application. We will not refund your application fee, so make sure you need a visitor visa before you apply.

For a super visa, you need to use the visitor visa guide and application form. Make sure you choose super visa from the list of options on the form.

If you need assistance, you can get help with your application at your nearest visa application centre (VAC).

Download the application package

Pay your application fees

In most cases, your fees will include processing fees for you and anyone you include on your application.

Biometrics fee

In most cases, you should pay your biometrics fee when you pay your application fees. If you don’t, you may experience delays. The biometrics fee covers the cost of collecting fingerprints and a digital photo. Find out if you need to give your biometrics.

Third-party fees

Depending on your situation, you may need to pay third parties for:

Our instruction guides can help you understand which fees apply to you and show you how to pay them.

Submit your application

Families should send their individual applications in one package. The principal applicant must send this combined package to the location where their application will be processed.

Select the country/territory from where you apply to find out where to submit your application. You can choose your country of nationality or the country where you have been legally admitted:

If you need to give biometrics (fingerprints and photograph), and you’re applying on paper, submit your application in person. VAC staff will check that it is complete and will confirm that you have paid the correct fees before you can give your biometrics.

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