The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa program allows parents and grandparents to come and stay in Canada for up to 2 years in their first visit without having to renew their status.
The visa has a validity of 10 years allowing re-entry during this period, but does not provide work rights.
Who can apply?
Parents and/or grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residence are eligible to apply provided they are admissible to Canada. However, dependents cannot be included in this application as this super visa only applies to parents and grandparents along with their spouses.
TRV and TRV-Exempt Country Applicants
This Super Visa is a great option for those residing in countries that require a temporary resident visa because the Super Visa allows them to travel between their home country and Canada without having to worry about re-applying for a TRV. Check the table on the TRV page to find out if you require a TRV to visit Canada.
Prior to applying, applicants will need to present the following:
- A letter of invitation from your child or grandchild who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
- Proof that your child or grandchild meets the minimum necessary income (refer to table below). This can include Notice of Assessment or T4/T1 for the most recent tax year, pay stubs, bank statements
- Proof of payment for medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company that is valid for a minimum of 1 year from the date of entry for at least $100,000 coverage
- Immigration medical examination confirmation document
Low Income Cut-Off (LICO)
|Size of Family Unit||Minimum Necessary Gross Income|
|1 person (your child or grandchild)||$25,921|
|More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add||$6,985|
Effective from January 1 to December 31, 2020
Processing times vary depending on the visa office, but most applications are processing within a few weeks. The application is processed at the Canadian visa office of the parent’ and/or grandparents’ country of residence.