Saturday, December 31, 2011 -
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Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents have a new option for visiting Canada. You (or your parents) may be eligible to apply for the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa and enjoy visiting your family in Canada for up to two years without the need to renew your status.
With the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, eligible parents and grandparents will pay fewer fees (compared to the regular visitor visa) and have some certainty that they will be able to enjoy the company of their families in Canada for a longer period of time. CIC is usually able to issue the visas, on average, within eight weeks of the application.
To apply for the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, you must:
- be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
- be found admissible to Canada; and
- meet certain other conditions.
Visa officers consider several factors before deciding if the person is admissible. This means they are a genuine visitor to Canada who will leave by choice at the end of their visit. Among the things that could be considered are:
- the person's ties to the home country,
- the purpose of the visit,
- the person's family and financial situation,
- the overall economic and political stability of the home country, and
- invitations from Canadian hosts.
The parent or grandparent must also:
- provide a written commitment of financial support from their child or grandchild in Canada who meets a minimum income threshold;
- prove that they have bought Canadian medical insurance coverage for at least one year; and
- complete an Immigration Medical Examination.
The Super Visa is a multi-entry visa that will provide multiple entries for a period up to ten years. The Super Visa is also available as a single-entry visa, if that is the applicant's preference.
If you wish to apply for the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa to Canada, visit the how to apply section of the CIC website.