Generally, visitors are only allowed to stay in Canada for up to six months. This time is often not enough for temporary residents who are visiting their children or grandchildren.
A super visa is an extended temporary resident visa that is designed for the parents or grandparents of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Holders of a super visa are authorized to enter Canada multiple times for a period of up to 10 years, two years at a time, as long as their super visa continues to be valid. In order to be eligible for a super visa, you must meet certain criteria:
1) submit proof that you are the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
2) undergo a medical examination;
3) possess a policy of medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company that provides a minimum coverage of $100,000, and that is valid for at least one year from the date you enter Canada; and
4) submit a signed letter of invitation from your host child or grandchild wherein they undertake to financially support you for the entire duration of your stay in Canada.
A lawyer can help you prepare a successful super visa application by providing you with information on Canadian insurance companies from which to obtain medical insurance, and helping you draft a strong and persuasive letter of invitation. Your lawyer can also provide you with an overall assessment of your circumstances. This assessment is based on the lawyer’s experience and their knowledge about what visa officers look for when deciding whether to accept or reject a super visa application.
To get your super visa application started, call 1-800-CITIZEN to speak to one of our lawyers.