Apart from the Family Class Parent and Grandparent Visa Sponsorship Program, Canadian citizens and permanent residents may also be able to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada through the Super Visa program. Although this program does not guarantee permanent residence, it nevertheless allows parents and grandparents a much more prolonged period as long-term visitors. The successful applicants through the Super Visa are granted multiple entry visitor’s visas which are valid for a period of up to ten years.

Unlike the standard Canadian Visitor’s Visa that has to be renewed every 6 months, the super visa program comes with a validity of two years at a given time. Another advantage of the Super Visa is that the processing times are much shorter, as they take approximately 8-12 weeks to completely process them.

Applicant requirements

  • Must be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Should be found to be admissible to Canada
  • Should possess a written commitment of financial support from their child or grandchild in Canada, who should also meet certain financial requirements
  • Provide proof that they have purchased Canadian medical insurance for at least one year
  • Complete and pass a medical examination

Canadian authorities and immigration officials consider a number of factors to determine a person’s inadmissibility, such as:

  • The person must be a genuine visitor to Canada and show evidence that they will leave by choice at the end of the visit
  • The applicant’s ties to the home country
  • The applicants purpose of visiting Canada
  • The applicant’s sponsor and financial stability
  • The overall economic and political stability of the applicant’s country of origin
  • The applicant must possess a written invitation for the Canadian host

It is important to understand that the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa is still a Temporary Visa, and does not come with permanent residency.

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