Determine your eligibility – super visa
The super visa lets you visit your children or grandchildren for up to two years at a time. If you want to stay for six months or less, apply for a visitor visa.
To be eligible for the super visa, you must:
- be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
- have a signed letter from the child or grandchild who invites you to 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
- have medical insurance from a CANADIAN insurance company that is:
- valid for at least one year from the date of entry
- at least $100,000 for minimum coverage
- have proof that the medical insurance has been paid (quotes aren’t accepted)
You must also:
- be allowed to enter Canada
- take an immigration medical exam
- meet certain other conditions
You can’t include dependants in this application.
Changes to impaired driving and cannabis-related crime laws
New penalties for impaired driving and cannabis-related crimes may affect your immigration status in Canada. If you commit one of these crimes, you may not be able to come to or stay in Canada.
Financial support (proof of funds)
The child or grandchild who invites you must prove that their household meets the minimum necessary income. The following documents are examples of what can be used as proof of funds:
- 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
Other conditions we consider
We consider several things before we decide if you can come to Canada. You must be a real visitor to Canada who will leave by choice at the end of your visit.
We’ll look at these things when you apply:
- your ties to your home country
- the purpose of your visit
- your family and finances
- the overall economic and political stability of your home country
Top questions about the Super Visa
- How does the parent and grandparent super visa differ from a visitor visa?
- Is the parent and grandparent super visa a multi-entry visa?
- What’s the difference between the parent and grandparent super visa and the 10-year multiple entry visa?
- I need to calculate family size when applying for the parent and grandparent super visa. Whom should I include?
- Can I cancel my sponsorship application and apply for a super visa instead?
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