New Canada Super Visa Update: Length Of Stay Increased
If you’re the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and you're looking to visit Canada, you might be in luck with the IRCC’s update to the Super Visa length of stay. Read on as Jade explains what this update implies and who is eligible for the Super Visa.
What is the Super Visa program?
The Super Visa Canada program provides entry as a visitor into the country to eligible parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents. This document can allow you to re-enter Canada for up to 10 years.
What does this new update mean?
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has recently extended the length of stay for Super Visa holders to 5 years per entry, which is an increase from the previous 2-year stay that was allowed. This means beginning July 4, 2022, the Super Visa can provide eligible applicants with up to 10 years of re-entry into Canada to stay for up to 5 years at a time.
For Super Visa holders currently in Canada, you can now request to extend the length of your stay by up to 2 years. If you're looking for more information on how this enhances your Super Visa status? You can visit the Canadian government website.
Who can qualify for a Super Visa?
Find out if you can qualify for the Super Visa by running through this brief checklist. To be eligible for this Visa you must be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or Permanent resident and have the following:
A signed letter from your child or grandchild
This letter should include a list of their household members, a copy of their Canadian citizenship or permanent resident and promise of financial support for the duration of your visit.
Medical Insurance from a Canadian Insurance company
This insurance should be paid in full, valid for at least 1 year from your expected date of entry, and have at least $100,000CAD in emergency coverage.
Note that you must apply for this Visa from outside Canada and you will be required to take an immigration medical exam. Dependents (children or grandchildren) are not permitted on this Visa.
How does the parent and grandparent super visa differ from a multiple entry visitor visa?
The Super Visa is for parents and grandparents looking to remain in Canada for up to 5 years. If you are looking to visit Canada for a short period such as 6 months or less, then a Visitor's Visa (called a TRV) might suit your travelling needs better.
*It is important to note that neither/ the Super visa nor the TRV can grant any foreign national legal status to stay in Canada. While a valid Visa allows you to travel to Canada, a Permit is granted at the Point of Entry by a CBSA officer to legitimize your stay within the country.
What is the super visa processing time?
On average, the processing time takes around 8 weeks from the time you send out your application. This time may vary based on your country of origin. Check out Jade’s Super Visa Checklist here for more information on the Super Visa Canada Fees and Application process or visit the government of Canada website.
We're here to help
The Canadian Minister of Immigration has announced that these enhancements are intended to encourage families to reunite and recover from the effects of the pandemic. If you are an eligible parent or grandparent, Calver Immigration Consulting Inc. can support you in reuniting with your family now by assisting you with your Super Visa application.
Calver Immigration Consulting Inc. is rated Canada's number one boutique immigration consultancy. We serve clients across Canada and internationally. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in Canada and abroad.
We can assist with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.
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