Super Visa

Immigration Services

Super Visa

Current Status Program:

This program is active and accepting applications on an on-going basis.

Program Overview:

A super visa is a multiple-entry visa type that provides multiple entries for up to 10 years. The super visa allows parents and grandparents to enter Canada multiple times to visit their children or grandchildren and stay in Canada for a period of up to 2 years on each entry.

Foreign nationals in Canada under any of the temporary resident visas can apply for an extension if they plan to stay in Canada beyond the duration allowed on their visa or permit.

Key Highlights About the Program

IRCC introduced the super visa on November 5, 2011. Super visa was introduced to facilitate multiple entries and longer-term stays for parents and grandparents who wish to visit their child or grandchild who is Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. The super visas are issued for 10 years with multiple entries and the parent or grandparent can stay up to a maximum of 2years at each entry.

Program Eligibility Requirements

You must meet some requirements before you can apply for a super visa. The eligibility requirements are listed below:

  • Parent or Grandparents:

Be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.

  • Letter of Invitation:

Have a signed letter of invitation from your child or grandchild in Canada. The letter must  include:

  • a promise of financial support for the length of your visit
  • the list and number of people in the household of this person
  • a copy of your child or grandchild’s Canadian citizenship or permanent resident document.

  • Medical Insurance:

You must have medical insurance at least $100,000 coverage from a Canadian insurance company that is valid for at least 1 year from the date of entry. The medical insurance must be paid for and have proof of payment.

  • Apply for a super visa outside of Canada
  • Medical Examination:

Parents and grandparents applying for a super visa must be in good health and be medically admissible to Canada. A medical examination is required.

  • No criminal inadmissibility:

Parents and grandparents who want to come to Canada on a super visa must be law-abiding, have no criminal record, immigration-related convictions, or be a security risk.

  • Proof of Ties

Parents and grandparents who want to come to Canada on a super visa must convince the immigration officer that they are genuine visitors who will leave at the end of their stay. The following are taken into consideration; ties to their country of nationality or residence. To prove that you have ties back to your home country, you can show proof of a job, home, financial assets, or family members that will take you back to your home country. Other factors considered include the purpose of the visit, family, finances, and the economic and political stability in the applicant’s home country.

  • Financial support:

The child or grandchild who invites Parents and grandparents must prove that they meet the household’s minimum necessary income. The child or the grandchild must be able to provide basic needs such as food, housing, transportation etc.

Key Candidates for the Program

The key candidates for the super visa are Parents and grandparents whose child or grandchild are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Parents and grandparents cannot include their dependent children in the super visa application. If parents and grandparents’ spouse or common-law partner wants to come with them to Canada, they need to also submit an application

  • Photocopy of marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Purpose of travel
  • Photocopy of current immigration status
  • Any additional document required.
Step by Step Process
Step 1

Determine your eligibility for a super visa

Check that you meet the minimum requirements before applying for a super visa.

Step 1
Step 2

Gather all your documents

The first step in applying for a super visa is to gather all the required documents such as letters of invitation, medical insurance, proof of funds, and medical examination result.

Step 2
Step 3

Apply for Visa

There are two methods of applying for a super visa; you can either apply for a super visa online or on paper and submit it at a visa application center in your Country. Before submitting your application, read the instruction guide carefully.

Step 3
Step 4

Arrive in Canada

You must use ArriveCAN before checking in at the airport or crossing the border to submit your travel and contact information, quarantine plan, COVID-19 symptom self-assessment.

Step 4

Apply Now!

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  • Payment of fees:

The application fee for one visitor is $100. You might need to pay other third-party fees directly to the third party depending on your situation, including the Visa Application Centre fee and medical examination fee.

  • Biometrics:

If required, you must give your biometrics. Fingerprints and photos will be taken. After you submit your application and pay the biometrics fee you will receive a letter that says you need to give your biometrics. The letter will tell you how and where to give your biometrics. You have up to 30 days to provide your biometrics. Visit this link to learn more about how to give your biometrics. Estimated Cost – $85 CAD Individual.

  • Standard Processing Time for super visa applications:

The processing times for super visas vary from one country to another. Follow this link to check the processing time for your Country.

Latest Program Updates

The low-income cut-off (LICO) table was updated in the year 2020. The child or grandchild may use the following income scale to assess their ability to meet the super visa’s income requirements.


Size of Family Unit

Minimum necessary gross income

1 person


2 persons


3 persons


4 persons


5 persons


6 persons


7 persons


More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add


Data Source: Low Income Cut- Off

I came to Canada on a Landing Permanent Residency(PR) in June 2018 via the Express Entry system.
Historical Program Data

10 Years Multiple Entry Visa Issued From 2013 - 2016

Data Source: Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration: 2013-2016


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