Top 10 Canada Super Visa FAQs Answered By Experts

Top 10 Canada Super Visa FAQs Answered By Experts

Surya Rathee Surya Rathee
[Published 25 Nov, 2023 | 11:57 AM]
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Are you planning to reunite with your loved ones in Canada? The Super Visa is an excellent option for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents - but might get confusing at times.

To help you navigate through the details, our immigration consultants and experts have compiled a list of the top 10 frequently asked questions about the Canada Super Visa. 

FAQ 1: What is a Canada Super Visa?

The Canada Super Visa is a special visa designed for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents. It is a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) that allows you multiple entries to Canada - and has a maximum validity of 10 years. Each entry permits an authorized stay of up to 5 years.

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FAQ 2: How is the Super Visa different from a regular Visitor Visa?

Unlike a regular Visitor Visa, the Super Visa offers a longer stay option. Regular Visitor Visas will typically allow you to stay in Canada for up to six months, while the Super Visa permits will grant you the permit to stay as a temporary resident for up to five years at a time. This extended duration makes it an attractive choice for those seeking more prolonged visits with family in Canada.

FAQ 3: What are the eligibility requirements for a Super Visa?

To be eligible for a Super Visa, you must have a host who:

  • Is your child or grandchild
  • Is a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident 
  • Is at least 18 years old
  • Meets the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI)
  • Signs a letter inviting you to Canada that includes a promise of financial support for the duration of your visit

Low Income Cut-Off (LICO)
Size of Family UnitMinimum necessary gross income
1 person (your child or grandchild)$27,514
2 persons$34,254
3 persons$42,100
4 persons$51,128
5 persons$57,988
6 persons$65,400
7 persons$72,814
More than 7 persons$7,412 per person
You must be outside Canada when applying for a Super Visa. You will also be required to have proof of a health insurance policy from either a Canadian insurance company or a company outside Canada approved by IRCC. Generally, the health insurance should:

  • Be valid for a minimum of 1 year from the date of entry
  • Provide a minimum of $100,000 of emergency coverage
  • Cover healthcare, hospitalization, and Repatriation 
  • Be paid in full installments with a deposit
As a Super Visa holder, you must have a valid health insurance policy throughout your stay in Canada. If your health insurance expires before you leave Canada, you may need to renew or maintain your health insurance during your stay.

FAQ 4: Can Super Visa holders work or study in Canada?

The Super Visa is a temporary resident visa, and its primary purpose is family reunification. Therefore, Super Visa holders are not allowed to work or study in Canada. If you plan to work or study, you may need to explore other Canada Immigration options that align with your goals.

FAQ 5: Is there an age limit for Super Visa applicants?

There is no specific age limit for Super Visa applicants. However, they must be the parents or grandparents of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Additionally, applicants must undergo a medical examination to ensure they are in good health.

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FAQ 6: Do Super Visa holders have access to healthcare in Canada?

Yes, Super Visa holders are eligible for healthcare coverage in Canada. However, they are not covered by the public health system. It is mandatory for Super Visa applicants to obtain private health insurance from a Canadian insurance company that covers health care, hospitalization, and repatriation for at least one year.

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FAQ 7: How long does it take to process a Super Visa application?

Processing times for Super Visa applications can vary, but it typically takes 2-3 months. It's advisable to apply well in advance of your planned visit to allow sufficient time for processing. You can check the current processing times on the official IRCC website.

FAQ 8. Can Super Visa holders apply for permanent residency in Canada?

The Super Visa is a temporary residency option, and it does not lead to permanent residency. If you are interested in becoming a permanent resident, you may want to explore other options to apply for Canada PR, such as the Family Class sponsorship program or Express Entry.

FAQ 9. Can I apply for a Super Visa if I have previously been denied entry to Canada?

If you have a history of visa denials or other immigration issues, it's crucial to address these issues before applying for a Super Visa. Past denials may impact your application, but demonstrating that you have addressed and resolved any concerns can improve your chances of approval.

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FAQ 10. Can I extend my stay beyond the initial five years on a Super Visa?

Yes, Super Visa holders can apply for an extension to stay beyond the initial five years. However, each extension is subject to approval by the immigration authorities i.e., IRCC. Make sure to submit extension applications well before the expiration of the current visa to ensure the continuity of your stay in Canada.

Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) will be allocating 28,500 admissions for Parents and Grandparents in 2023. The Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026 announced that this number will grow to 32,000 in 2024 and 34,000 in both 2025 and 2026.

The Canada Super Visa is a fantastic option for parents and grandparents looking to spend quality time with their loved ones in Canada. By understanding the details and requirements, you can navigate the application process smoothly, making your family reunification journey a memorable and enjoyable experience.

Safe travels!

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