Super Visa Policy Changes (July 4 2022) Posted on GSInsurance Gurbux Singh Health Insurance
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced the following changes to the Parents and Grandparents Super Visa take effect July 4, 2022:
- length of stay for Super Visa holders will increase to 5 years per entry into Canada. Currently the length of stay is 2 years per entry.
- people with a Super Visa now will also have the option to extend their stay by up to 2 years at a time while in Canada.
- the Immigration Minister will have the authority to designate international medical insurance companies to provide coverage to Super Visa applicants in the future. Currently, only Canadian insurance providers can provide the necessary health coverage that Super Visa applicants are required to have.
What is the Super Visa for Parents and Grandparents?Effective July 4, 2022, the Super Visa will allow eligible parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to visit their family in Canada for up to five years without having to renew their status. Those with a Super Visa already will also be able to apply for an extension that may enable them to remain in Canada as a visitor for up to 7 years. The Super Visa allows parents and grandparents to enter Canada multiple times for up to 10 years. Prior to July 4, 2022, the Super Visa policy was to allow entries into Canada up to two years. The Super Visa is available year-round and, much like the Parents and Grandparents Program, has minimum income requirements. The Super Visa is ideal for parents and grandparents living in countries that require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) for entry to Canada. By obtaining the Super Visa, they will be able to travel freely between Canada and their country of residence without the worry and hassle of regularly re-applying for a TRV. Those who don’t require a TRV to enter Canada, may also apply using the same application process. Instead of being issued a visa, however, they will be given an official letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that will authorize their visit for up to two years at their initial entry.
- A letter of invitation from the child or grandchild residing in Canada;
- Documents that prove the child or grandchild meets the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) minimum (see table below);
- Proof of parental relationship with child or grandchild, such as a birth certificate that names him or her as a parent; and
- Proof of medical insurance coverage for at least one year with a Canadian insurance company.
- Notice of Assessment (NOA) or T4/T1 for the most recent tax year;
- Employment Insurance stubs;
- An employment letter including salary and date of hiring;
- Pay stubs; or
- bank statements.
Size of Family Unit
Minimum necessary gross income
1 person (your child or grandchild)
7 or more
More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add