1. The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa is quite different from what was available prior to December 1st, 2011 as a visitor visa. Previously, visitors to Canada were usually only eligible to visit for six months at a time. Most visitors who wished to stay longer had to apply for an extension, and pay a new fee, every six months. With the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, eligible parents and grandparents will pay fewer fees and have some certainty that they will be able to enjoy the company of their families in Canada for a longer period. CIC will be able to issue the visas, on average, within eight weeks of the application. This means that instead of waiting for eight years or more for an immigration visa, a parent or a grandparent can hopefully come to Canada within eight weeks.
2. The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa is a multi-entry visa but it is not the same as the prior 10-year multiple entry visa?
The Super Visa is a multi-entry visa that will allow multiple entries for a period of up to ten years. The key difference is that the Super Visa will have status periods for each entry that last up to two years, while the 10-year multiple entry visa status period for each entry is six months. The Super Visa is also available as a single-entry visa, if that is the applicant’s preference. The visa itself is valid for up to 10 years and allows holders to remain in Canada for up to two years at a time. Renewals must be done from outside Canada at a visa office. However, parents and grandparents who hold a valid visa can apply for an extension of their status for up to two years by submitting an application to the Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, Alberta, as long as they meet all the criteria. These applications will be examined on a case-by-case basis.*
3. Pay close attention to who is eligible for a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa and what applicants need to do to qualify for it? Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have been found admissible to Canada and who meet some other conditions are eligible for the Super Visa. 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. In addition to being found admissible to Canada, the parent/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 at least $100,000 of Canadian medical insurance for at least one year to cover the period of time that they will be in Canada, and complete an Immigration Medical Examination (IME). Dependants of parents and grandparents are not eligible for the Super Visa. They remain eligible to apply for regular visitor visas though.*
4. Even applicants from the United States, France, the United Kingdom or another country whose citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Canada are still eligible for a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa. If you are from a country whose citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Canada, you are eligible for a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa. Simply: Apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (no fee required) at a Canadian visa office; Undergo a medical examination; and Provide the supporting documents required, including proof of your relationship to a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident and proof of their financial support during your stay in Canada. You will also need proof that you have purchased Canadian medical insurance. If you have met all the criteria, you will be issued a letter, which you will present to a Canada Border Services Agency officer at the port of entry when you arrive in Canada. The officer may authorize your visit to Canada for up to two years.