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Advice for Visitors to Canada

Canada's Super Visa Requirements

The Super Visa allows parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to visit Canada for up to two years. Essentially, visitors can come and go during this two-year period without having to apply for a new entry visa each time. This is a welcome change for foreign family travellers is welcome as it is more convenient.

The Citizenship and Immigration Canada website provides the following requirements to become eligible for the Super Visa:

  • Being allowed to enter the country legally
  • Proof of being the parent or grandparent of a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Coverage from a Canadian medical insurance plan
  • A signed letter from the child or grandchild who made the invitation to Canada, which also includes a written commitment of financial support during the visitor’s stay
  • Passing an immigration medical examination

Super Visa Insurance

As part of the eligibility requirements, the visitor must purchase a medical insurance plan from a Canadian company, valid for at least one year from the date of arrival and with at least $100,000 in benefit coverage. The insurance plan must be valid upon each entry into Canada and may be subject to review by a port of entry officer.

Commitment of Financial Support

The child or grandchild must make a commitment of financial support for the visiting parent or grandparent and meet the minimum income requirements (see table below for details) to be eligible for the Super Visa.

Size of family unit

Minimum gross income*

1 (child or grandchild living alone)

$24,949

2 persons

$31,061

3 persons

$38,185

4 persons

$46,362

5 persons

$52,583

6 persons

$59,304

7 persons

$66,027

More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add

$6,723

* Effective from January 1 to December 31 2018

Immigration Medical Examination

Applicants must complete and pass an immigration medical examination performed by a panel physician approved by Canada Immigration. Use this link to find a doctor in your country and city: Find a panel physician.

Parent and Grandparent Super Visa for Travel to Canada

The Super Visa allows you to enjoy up to a two-year authorized stay with your children or grandchildren in Canada. The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa is valid for ten years, meaning that have ten years to use your visa. You can make a single entry or multiple entries into Canada for up to two years without having to renew your status.

Who is not Eligible?

  • Parents and grandparents of landed immigrants
  • Dependants of parents and grandparents, as well as other family relatives such as brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts
  • Visitors intending to stay permanently in Canada
  • Visitors travelling without insurance, or with insurance that does not meet all of the above Super Visa insurance criteria
  • Visitors who cannot be admitted into Canada lawfully