The Super Visa is a temporary option to reunite Canadians with their parents and grandparents from abroad.
If your goal is to bring your parents or grandparents to Canada — even temporarily — the Super Visa may be an option for you.
The Super Visa is a document that allows your parents or grandparents to come to visit you in Canada for up to two years at a time. If you were to go with the regular Visitor Visa (TRV), or electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), you would only be allowed to stay for six months at a time.
Also, the Super Visa is valid for 10 years, much longer than most other types of Canadian travel visas. The processing times vary by country and do not include the time needed to give biometrics.
Of course, there are certain eligibility and admissibility criteria for the visa. Not just any parent or grandparent of a Canadian can benefit. Before making arrangements to welcome your family to Canada, here are some of the general eligibility requirements of the Super Visa, according to the government website.
Inviter's financial support for the entire period of stay of the invitee in addition to providing the proof of minimum required income is the main success key to receive approval on super visa applications.
Your parents or grandparents must apply for the super visa from outside Canada. They must be admissible to Canada and take an immigration medical exam, among other requirements.
When making a decision on your application, the immigration officer is supposed to determine whether or not the nature of your stay is actually temporary. In the government’s words: “You must be a genuine visitor to Canada who will leave by choice at the end.”
They will look at your ties to your home country, the purpose of your visit, your family and finances, as well as the overall economic and political stability of your home country.
Again, this program is only for parents and grandparents. Any dependents they have cannot be included in the application for the Super Visa.
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