Canadian Parent, Grandparent ‘Super Visa’ Launched

Canada’s new parent, grandparent Super Visa system for immigrant visitors came into effect today, December 1, 2011.

Under the system, parents or grandparents of Canadians or Canadian permanent residents could apply for the visa, which, if approved, will be granted for up to a ten year period.

If approved, the visa holders can stay in Canada up to two years.

They, through their sponsors in Canada, will have to prove they have health coverage during their stay in the country.

To apply, the applicants have to show the following:

  • They are a parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Provide written commitment of financial support for the sponsor;
  • Provide proof the sponsor meets the minimum income cut-off
  • Undergo the medical examination
  • Provide proof that they Canadian health insurance for at least a year.


The new visa system is part of the Canadian government’s strategy to bring down the immigration application backlog of hundreds of thousands in the ‘parent and grandparent’ category. There are almost 200,000 applications in this category, and every year about 35,000 apply, while the government approves about half of them.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) – the federal department overseeing the immigration desk – has, as part of the backlog reduction strategy, decided to increase the number of visas granted to 25,000 next year, but will cease accepting new applications for at least two years.

The Super Visa has in general earned praise from all sides of the immigration debate, particularly because it cuts the waiting time for parents and grandparents to unite with their families in Canada. But some have raised concerns whether they will be issued within weeks, as promised, or whether applicants will still have to wait for a longer period of time.




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  1. Right now, we can only hope the anticipated application wait times will be respected. There are some other important supervisa tips to remember in addition to the ones you added in your great article here. Take a look at these 9 Super Visa FAQs: http://canadim.com/assessment/parent-visa.html

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