Canada is known for being a welcoming and inclusive country, and Canadian Immigration has created a new service to help visitors extend their stay in the country. The StayInCanada service is designed to assist people who want to stay in Canada longer than their temporary resident status allows.
The Super Visa is a type of visa that allows parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to stay in Canada for up to two years at a time. Unlike a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), which only allows for a maximum stay of six months, the Super Visa offers a longer duration of stay.
To be eligible for a Super Visa, the applicant must meet several requirements, including having a child or grandchild who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, providing a written commitment of financial support from the child or grandchild, and passing a medical examination.
In terms of financial responsibility, the child or grandchild sponsoring the Super Visa applicant must demonstrate that they meet certain income requirements to support the applicant during their stay in Canada. They must provide proof of income, such as pay stubs and tax returns, and show that they have purchased Canadian medical insurance coverage for the applicant.
The Super Visa is a multiple-entry visa that allows parents and grandparents to stay in Canada for up to two years at a time, without the need to renew their status every six months as required by a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). This makes it an ideal option for individuals who wish to visit their family in Canada for an extended period of time.
The main difference between a Super Visa and a TRV is the duration of stay. A TRV allows visitors to stay in Canada for up to six months at a time, whereas a Super Visa allows for stays of up to two years at a time. Additionally, Super Visa applicants must also provide proof of private medical insurance and meet specific financial requirements.
To be eligible for a Super Visa, an applicant must meet certain criteria, including:
- They must be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
- They must provide a written commitment of financial support from their child or grandchild in Canada.
- They must have private medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company that is valid for at least one year from the date of entry into Canada.
- They must undergo a medical examination to ensure that they meet the health requirements for entry into Canada.
In terms of financial responsibility, the person inviting their parents or grandparents to Canada is responsible for their financial needs during their stay. This means that the individual must provide proof of sufficient funds to support their parents or grandparents during their stay, including providing a letter of invitation and demonstrating that they meet the minimum necessary income requirements.
Our immigration consultatns at StayInCanada represents you before IRCC and help you navigating the Super Visa application process and can help ensure that applicants meet all the necessary criteria.