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Apply for the new enhanced Super visa for non-Canadian Parents and Grandparents w.e.f Jul 4, 2022

Super Visa is a multi-entry visitor visa that is valid for up to 10 years. It is an attractive option for Canadian citizens and permanent residents who wish to bring their non-Canadian parents and grandparents to Canada.

Major changes to the Super Visa came into effect today on Jul 4, 2022. The changes include the following:

  • The length of stay for Super Visa holders will be increased from a maximum of two years to five years per entry into Canada.

  • People who currently have a Super Visa also have the option to request to extend their stay by up to two years while in Canada.

  • Canada’s Immigration Minister will have the authority to designate international medical insurance companies to provide coverage to Super Visa applicants in the future.

The Super Visa is a good interim option to the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP), which offers permanent residence to its applicants. Even though PGP is very popular, the demand for the program significantly exceeds the quota allocated for the program. Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has not provided any details on PGP 2022. IRCC has been held lotteries in the past to decide who gets to apply for the PGP. This causes both uncertainty and a very long waiting time.

Super visa is not a lottery program, it is based on first come first served and there is no quota. This offers greater certainty to applicants and their families. It also takes significantly time to receive a Super Visa compared to a PGP. Super Visa processing takes months while PGP processing take years. Finally, the Super Visa provides parents and grandparents more time in Canada and does not require renewal upon re-entry into the country until the validity period has passed.

Please feel free to contact us for a 15-mins free consultation if you are looking for professional assistance to apply for Super Visa.


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