About the New SuperVisa


What is this new “SuperVisa” I keep hearing about?

The SuperVisa is a special visa for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens to come to Canada for extended visits. 

Previously, qualified applicants (Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Canada of a certain income level) could sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada for permanent residency. However, the government of Canada stopped accepting sponsorship applications for parents and grandparents in late 2011. They are expected to not accept these applications for two years, although they could extend it at any time. The purpose of this was to eliminate a very large backlog of applications that were “clogging up” the immigration system, and parent and grandparent applications were taking as long as a decade to process.

For the time being, the government of Canada brought about the SuperVisa.

How can I get a SuperVisa?

You must apply on behalf of your parents and grandparents for a SuperVisa. You must be a permanent resident of Canada or a Canadian citizen, you must provide proof of having private medical insurance that will cover them, and you must meet a minimum annual income level of about $17,000.

The SuperVisa lasts 10 years and can be used for multiple entries of up to two years each. However, SuperVisas are being denied in record numbers and in some cases, immigration officers are limiting visit lengths to well below the two years that are supposed to be allowed on the SuperVisa.

If you want to apply for a SuperVisa for your parents or grandparents to visit you in Canada, please contact us! It’s not something you should leave up to chance, seek professional assistance with our immigration law firm. We can help you!

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