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Information about the parent and grandparent super visa

On November 4, 2011, IRCC announced a temporary pause on all new sponsorship applications for the parents and grandparents category. With the introduction of this pause, IRCC implemented a long-term Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) for applicants seeking to visit their child or grandchild who is either a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

The single or multiple-entry super visa allows visitors to stay for a period of up to two years on each entry. 

Applicants who do not require a visa must also submit an application to the visa office.

To apply for the super visa you must either be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. You cannot include your dependent children in this application. Only your spouse or common-law partner is eligible to accompany you under this provision.

You are required to submit: 

  • letter of invitationfrom your child or grandchild residing in Canada. 

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

  • evidence of the parent or grandparent relationship to the Canadian citizen or permanent resident you wish to visit 

  • proof that you have private medical insurance valid for a minimum of one year from a Canadian insurance company and that:

    • covers health care, hospitalization and repatriation,

    • provides a minimum coverage of $100 000, and

    • is valid for each entry to Canada and be available for review by a port of entry officer.

  • You may be required to appear in person to have your biometric fingerprints and photo (biometric information) taken at a biometric collection service point.

  • You will be required to undergo a medical examination.

  • You child or grandchild’s income must meet or exceed the minimum necessary cut off, as identified annually in the Income Table.






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