What is a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa

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On November 04, 2011, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC and previously CIC or Citizenship and Immigration Canada) announced that they won’t be accepting any Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship applications effective immediately to prioritize reducing the serious backlog. At that time, it was taking 7-8 years to process Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship applications!

Recognizing that families need to be reunited, the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa was offered as a temporary solution to family separation. The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa Program was first announced on November 05, 2011 and became effective on December 01, 2011. To this day, it remains open.

PARENT AND GRANDPARENT SUPER VISA PROGRAM GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

The child or grandchild in Canada must:
1. either have permanent resident status or Canadian citizenship,
2. meet the minimum necessary income requirement, and
3. provide an invitation letter promising to financially support the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa applicant for the whole duration of the applicant’s stay in Canada.

Children and grandchildren in Canada must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status to invite their parents and grandparents on a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa.

The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa applicant must:
1. provide proof of relationship to the child or grandchild in Canada who is making the invitation,
2. undergo an immigration medical exam (if applicable),
3. purchase the prescribed medical insurance, and
4. demonstrate that he or she is a genuine visitor.

THE IMMIGRATION MEDICAL EXAM (IME) FOR SUPER VISA APPLICANTS

Parent and Grandparent Super Visa applicants are understood to have the intention to stay in Canada for more than six months, therefore, an immigration medical exam (IME) may be required. However, not all Parent and Grandparent Super Visa applicants are required to undergo an immigration medical examination (IME). It’s only if, in the one year prior to the application, they have stayed in certain countries for six months in a row. The six months rule can be in more than one country, such as 3 months in India and then 3 months in Pakistan in a row.

The table below will let you know if the applicant will be required to get an immigration medical exam (IME). Knowing this information, you will be able to decide whether you can get an upfront medical exam for faster processing.

Do not get confused with permanent resident applications because PR applicants are always required to get the immigration medical examination (IME), regardless of where they live or where they have travelled. The main reason for this blanket IME requirement is that everyone needs to be checked if they have health conditions that might reasonably be expected to cause excessive demand on Canada’s health care system. As you know, individuals with permanent resident status are entitled to use Canada’s health care system for free at the point of access.
Country/Territory you have stayed in for 6 months in a rowImmigration Medical
Exam (IME) required
Afghanistanyes
Albaniano
Algeriayes
American Samoano
Andorra, Principality ofno
Angolayes
Antigua and Barbudano
Argentinano
Armeniayes
Australiano
Australian external territory: Christmas Islandno
Australian external territory: Cocos (Keeling) Islandsno
Australian external territory: Norfolk Islandno
Austriano
Azerbaijanyes
Bahamasno
Bahrainno
Bangladeshyes
Barbadosno
Belarusyes
Belgiumno
Belizeno
Beninyes
Bhutanyes
Boliviayes
Bosnia and Herzegovinayes
Botswanayes
Brazilyes
British Crown Dependency: Channel Islandsno
British Crown Dependency: Isle of Man, Mannno
British Indian Ocean Territory: Chagos Archipelagono
British Overseas Territory: Akrotiri and Dhekeliano
British Overseas Territory: Anguillano
British Overseas Territory: Bermudano
British Overseas Territory: British Virgin Islandsno
British Overseas Territory: Cayman Islandsno
British Overseas Territory: Falkland Islandsno
British Overseas Territory: Gibraltarno
British Overseas Territory: Monserratno
British Overseas Territory: Pitcairnno
British Overseas Territory: South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islandsno
British Overseas Territory: St. Helena, Ascension, and Tristan de Cunano
British Overseas Territory: Turks and Caicosno
Brunei Darussalamyes
Bulgariano
Burkina Fasoyes
Burundiyes
Cabo Verdeyes
Cambodiayes
Cameroonyes
Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)yes
Central African Republicyes
Chadyes
Channel Islands (British Crown Dependency)no
Chileno
Chile, Special territory of: Easter Islandno
China (PRC)yes
China (PRC), Hong Kongyes
China (PRC), Macaoyes
Colombiano
Comoros, Union ofyes
Congo-Brazzavilleyes
Congo-Kinshasayes
Cook Islands (in association with New Zealand)no
Costa Ricano
Côte d’Ivoireyes
Croatiano
Cubano
Cyprusno
Czech Republicno
Denmarkno
Denmark: Faroe Islands (country within the Kingdom of Denmark)no
Denmark: Greenland (country within the kingdom of)yes
Djiboutiyes
Dominicano
Dominican Republicyes
Ecuadoryes
Egyptno
Eireno
El Salvadoryes
Equatorial Guineayes
Eritreayes
Estoniano
Ethiopiayes
Faroe Islands (country within the Kingdom of Denmark)no
Fijiyes
Finlandno
Franceno
France: French Guiana - Overseas dept. and region ofno
France: French Polynesia collectiviténo
France: French Southern and Antarctic Territoriesno
France: Guadeloupe/Desirade - Overseas dept. and terr.no
France: Martinique. overseas departmentno
France: New Caledonia collectiviténo
France: Réunion departmentno
France: Saint Barthélemy collectiviténo
France: Saint Martin collectiviténo
France: St. Pierre and Miquelon collectiviténo
France: Wallis and Futuna collectiviténo
Gabonyes
Gambiayes
Georgiayes
Germanyno
Ghanayes
Greeceno
Greenland (country within the Kingdom of Denmark)yes
Grenadano
Guatemalayes
Guernsey (Channel Islands)no
Guinea, Equatorial Rep. ofyes
Guinea, Rep. ofyes
Guinea-Bissauyes
Guyanayes
Haitiyes
Holy Seeno
Hondurasyes
Hong Kong: SAR of the PRCyes
Hungaryno
Icelandno
Indiayes
Indonesiayes
Iranno
Iraqyes
Ireland, Southern (Eire)no
Israelno
Italyno
Ivory Coastyes
Jamaicano
Japanno
Jersey (Channel Islands)no
Jordanno
Kazakhstanyes
Kenyayes
Kiribatiyes
Korea, North (Democratic People’s Republic of)yes
Korea, South (Republic of)yes
Kosovoyes
Kuwaitno
Kyrgyzstanyes
Lao, People’s Democratic Republicyes
Latviayes
Lebanonno
Lesothoyes
Liberiayes
Libyayes
Liechtensteinno
Lithuaniayes
Luxemburgno
Macao, SAR of the PRCyes
Macedonia, Rep. ofno
Madagascaryes
Malawiyes
Malaysia (Peninsular and East)yes
Maldivesyes
Maliyes
Maltano
Man, Isle of (British Crown Dependency)no
Marshall Islandsyes
Mauritaniayes
Mauritiusno
Mexicono
Micronesia (Federated States of)yes
Moldova, Republic ofyes
Monacono
Mongoliayes
Montenegro, Rep. ofno
Moroccoyes
Mozambiqueyes
Myanmaryes
Namibiayes
Nauruyes
Nepalyes
Netherlandsno
Netherlands: Aruba, constituent country of theno
Netherlands: Bonnaire, special municipality of theno
Netherlands: Curaçao, constituent country of theno
Netherlands: Saba, special municipality of theno
Netherlands: Sint Eustatius, special municipality of theno
Netherlands: Sint Maarten, constituent country of theno
New Zealandno
New Zealand: Cook Islands (in free association with NZ)no
New Zealand: Niue (in free association with NZ)no
New Zealand: Tokelau (territory of NZ)no
Nicaraguayes
Nigeryes
Nigeriayes
Niue (country in free association with New Zealand)no
Norwayno
Omanno
Pakistanyes
Palauyes
Palestinian Authority (West Bank/Gaza)no
Panamayes
Papua New Guineayes
Paraguayyes
Peruyes
Philippinesyes
Polandno
Portugalno
Portugal: Azores, autonomous region ofno
Portugal: Madeira, autonomous region ofno
Qataryes
Romaniayes
Russiayes
Rwandayes
Saint Kitts and Nevis, Federation ofno
Saint Luciano
Saint Vincent and the Grenadinesno
Samoa, Americanno
Samoa, Independent State ofno
San Marinono
Sao Tome and Principeyes
Saudi Arabiano
Senegalyes
Serbiano
Seychellesno
Sierra Leoneyes
Singaporeyes
Slovakiano
Sloveniano
Solomon Islandsyes
Somaliayes
South Africayes
South Sudan, Rep. ofyes
Spain (and Balearics)no
Spain: Canary Islands, autonomous community of Spainno
Sri Lankayes
Sudan, Southyes
Sudan. Republic of (North)yes
Surinameno
Swazilandyes
Swedenno
Switzerlandno
Syriano
Taiwan (Republic of China)yes
Tajikistanyes
Tanzaniayes
Thailandyes
Timor-Lesteyes
Togoyes
Tokelau (territory of New Zealand)no
Tongano
Trinidad and Tobagono
Tunisiayes
Turkeyno
Turkmenistanyes
Tuvaluyes
Ugandayes
Ukraineyes
United Arab Emiratesno
United Kingdom (of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)NO
United Kingdom: British Crown Dependency: Channel Islandsno
United Kingdom: British Crown Dependency: Isle of Man, Mannno
United Kingdom: British Indian Ocean Territory: Chagos Archipelagono
United Kingdom: British Overseas Territory: Akrotiri and Dhekeliano
United Kingdom: British Overseas Territory: Anguillano
United Kingdom: British Overseas Territory: Bermudano
United Kingdom: British Overseas Territory: British Virgin Islandsno
United Kingdom: British Overseas Territory: Cayman Islandsno
United Kingdom: British Overseas Territory: Falkland Islandsno
United Kingdom: British Overseas Territory: Gibraltarno
United Kingdom: British Overseas Territory: Montserratno
United Kingdom: British Overseas Territory: Pitcairnno
United Kingdom: British Overseas Territory: South Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsNO
United Kingdom: British Overseas Territory: St. Helena, Ascension, and Tristan de CunaNO
United Kingdom: British Overseas Territory: Turks and CaicosNO
UruguayNO
USA (Continental USA and Hawaii)NO
USA: Guamyes
USA: Midway Island, territory of the USANO
USA: Northern Mariana Islands, Commonwealth of the USAyes
USA: Puerto Rico, unincorporated territory of the USANO
USA: Virgin Islands of the USANO
USA: Wake IslandNO
Uzbekistanyes
Vanuatuyes
Vatican CityNO
VenezuelaNO
Viet Namyes
Virgin Islands (British)NO
Virgin Islands (of the United States)no
Yemenyes
Zambiayes
Zimbabweyes
Table Source: Canada.ca

SUPER VISA INCOME REQUIREMENTS AND FAMILY SIZE

The child or grandchild in Canada must be able to demonstrate that he or she meets the minimum necessary income to be able to invite the parents and/or grandparents for a long visit to Canada. Married children and grandchildren can include their spouse’s income in the calculation. However, the spouse’s dependents and any sponsored person whose sponsorship is still in effect must be included as well when determining the family size.

The parents and grandsparents do not need to meet any minimum income threshold.

The minimum income requirement is based on the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) Table published by Statistics Canada each year. New amounts in the LICO table normally becomes available as early as the first few days of January every year. The table below shows the minimum income required in relation to the family size effective January 01, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

Size of Family UnitMinimum Gross Income Requirement
1 person$25,921
2 persons$32,270
3 persons$39,672
4 persons$48,167
5 persons$54,630
6 persons$61,613
7 persons$68,598
For more than 7 persons, additional amount per person$6,985
Table Source: Canada.ca

CALCULATING THE FAMILY SIZE

The following individuals must be included when counting the size of the family:

  • The child or grandchild;
  • The child or grandchild’s spouse;
  • Any dependent children whether living in the same household or not;
  • Children of dependent children;
  • Any person the applicant or the applicant’s spouse (if the spouse is co-signing) is currently sponsoring or co-signing for (where the sponsorship agreement and undertaking is still in effect);
  • The parents and grandparents applying for the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa;
  • The dependents of the parents and/or grandparents who will be travelling with them, if any (the dependent cannot be included in the super visa application);
Remember that if the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa applicants have dependents who are travelling with them to Canada, they have to be included in the calculation of the family size. Otherwise, the child or grandchild in Canada might fail to meet the minimum necessary income requirement.

THE MEDICAL INSURANCE SPECIFIC TO SUPER VISA APPLICANTS

Parent and Grandparent Super Visa applicants are required to purchase medical insurance. For the medical insurance to be accepted, the following statements must be true:

  • The medical insurance was purchased from a Canadian insurance company.
  • It is valid for at least one year from the date that the applicant intends to enter Canada.
  • It has a coverage of at least C$100,000.
  • It must cover healthcare, hospitalization and repatriation.

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada requires that the medical insurance is purchased; a quote is not acceptable. Canadian insurance companies will normally provide a full refund (minus a reasonable administration fee) in an event that the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa application is refused.

INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED IN THE INVITATION LETTER

The child or grandchild in Canada must create an invitation letter stating that he or she will financially support the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa applicant during the applicant’s entire stay in Canada. This invitation letter will be included in the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa application.

The following information must be included in the invitation letter:

Details about the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa applicant

  • full name
  • birthday
  • address and contact number
  • state whether the applicants are the parents or grandparents
  • state the purpose of the visit
  • the proposed length of stay
  • where the applicant will be staying

Details about the child or grandchild and the spouse (if applicable) in Canada:

  • full name
  • birthday
  • address and phone number in Canada
  • job title
  • status in Canada – Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • details of the family, such as names and dates of birth of the spouse and dependents
  • the total number of individuals living in the home, and mention any sponsored person whose sponsorship is still in effect (this is mandatory).

Together with the invitation letter, the inviter must also attach a photocopy of their PR card (if a permanent resident), OR a photocopy of the Citizenship card or first page of the Canadian passport (if a Canadian citizen). Do not forget to sign the invitation letter.

The most important content of the invitation letter is the statement that the child or grandchild in Canada will be financially responsible for the parents and grandparents during their entire stay in Canada.

HOW IT WORKS WITH PARENT AND GRANDPARENT SUPER VISA APPLICANTS WHO ARE FROM VISA-EXEMPT COUNTRIES

Parent and Grandparent Super Visa applicants who are from visa-exempt countries need an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to board their flight to Canada (US citizens do not need an eTA). They have to apply for the eTA separately which is only $7.

The same passport must be used to apply for the eTA and the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa. A visa counterfoil will not be placed in the passport but the successful applicant will be provided with a Letter of Introduction (LOI) to present to the border services officer (BSO) upon arrival. The border officer checks the LOI, stamps the passport and also writes down the date of the last day they can remain in Canada.

Parent and Grandparent Super Visa applicants who are from visa-exempt countries do not have to pay for the $100 processing fee.
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