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What is Super Visa for Parents and Grandparents?

Unlike a visitor visa, Super Visa allows foreign nationals multiple entries into Canada. It is a special kind of visitor visa issued to parents and grandparents of Canadian permanent residents. Residents with temporary, study, or work visas are not eligible except on very rare occasions. Only parents of Canadian residents and citizens can apply for the super visa without limitations. With a super visa, your parents and grandparents can stay in Canada for as long as 24 months.

Visitors on a super visa wouldn’t have to renew their status during their 2-year duration of staying in Canada. To be eligible for a super visa, the foreign national must:

  • Be a parent or grandparent to a citizen of Canada or resident with a PR card
  • Provide a signed letter from their child or grandchild (Canadian citizen or permanent resident) inviting them to Canada. The letter must include details of them being financially capable of supporting you during your stay. It should also have a list of the number of persons in their household. Lastly, your child or grandchild must attach a copy of their citizenship document or PR card
  • Provide proof of their child or grandchild’s medical insurance with a minimum of $100,000 coverage. The insurance coverage must be from a Canadian insurance company and valid for at least one year from the point of application


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How Super Visa is different from Visitor Visa?

Firstly, super visas are only issued to grandparents and parents of Canadian permanent residents (in general).

Secondly, a super visa allows the recipient to stay in Canada for a much longer period of up to 24 months. On the other hand, any foreign national can apply for a visitor visa for tourism, schooling, or visiting purposes. Visitors aren’t allowed to stay in Canada for as long as 24 months. If they have to, they must reapply for a different type of visa.

Canada immigration wouldn’t issue a visitor visa to foreign nationals for more than 6 months. If you’re visiting for a short course, tourism, or to see a relative, you shouldn’t stay longer than that. Foreign nationals can always reapply to extend their visitation in Canada. You have to be in Canada on the first visitor visa to apply for an extension. With a super visa, however, you can stay for up to 24 months without having to reapply for an extension.


You need your child or grandchild’s employment insurance stubs alongside proof that they are employed or run a profitable business in Canada.

To get or apply for a super visa, foreign nationals must have Canadian insurance coverage of up to $100,000

How Salahi Paralegal can help you with your Super Visa Application?

Salahi Paralegal has a legal team with years of experience in processing super visa applications. We’d be your guide through the rather complicated visa application process. Our goal is to ensure the application process goes smoothly.

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