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On 1 December 2011, the Canadian government announced the creation of the Parents and Grandparents Super Visa. This visa will allow the parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents to come to Canada as visitors for a period of up to 2 constant years at a time without having to renew their status. The visa can remain valid for up to 10 years, allowing for re-entry during this period of time.

Who Can Apply for the Super Visa

Parents or grandparents of Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible to apply for this visa. The applicants cannot be inadmissible to Canada on the basis of health or security, and they may be required to meet particular conditions set forth by the visa office through which they will be applying.

It is important to note that no dependents can be included on this application. Only parents or grandparents, and their spouses or common-law partners, may apply for the Super Visa.


The Application Process

• A letter of invitation from the child or grandchild residing in Canada

• Documents that prove the child or grandchild meets the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) minimum

• Proof of parental relationship with child or grandchild, such as a birth certificate that names them as a parent

• Proof of medical insurance coverage for one year with a Canadian insurance company

The application should be processed at the Canadian visa office responsible for the applicant's place of residence outside of Canada. Depending on the visa office, additional documentation may be needed.

The complete application will be assessed with regard to a number of cases. The purpose of the visit to Canada will be assessed, as well as whether parents or grandparents will maintain sufficient ties to their home country. This can be evidenced by showing family ties, finances, and other connections that lie outside of Canada.

All Super Visa applicants will be required to undergo a medical examination. Forms and instructions for this examination will be issued by the visa office after the application has been submitted.

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