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Parents & grandparents can stay up to 5 years with the enhanced super visa program w.e.f Jul 4, 2022

Good news for Canadians who have not been able to visit or spend time with their non-Canadian parents and grandparents who are not staying in Canada during the pandemic!

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has just made a news release on Jun 7, 2022 on the enhancements to Canada’s super visa program. These enhancements will make it easier for Canadians to reunite with their parents and grandparents in Canada and will allow super visa holders to stay for a longer period of time.

The following changes, which come into force on July 4, 2022, will

  • increase the length of stay for super visa holders to 5 years per entry into Canada

  • People who have a super visa also have the option to request to extend their stay by up to 2 years at a time while in Canada.

  • allow the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship 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 medical coverage that super visa applicants are required to have. Information about any designated medical insurance companies located outside of Canada will be communicated on IRCC's website at a later date.

Since 2011, Canadian citizens and permanent residents have been able to reunite with their parents and grandparents in Canada for extended periods of time through Canada’s super visa program. This multiple-entry visa, which is valid for up to 10 years, has allowed parents and grandparents to remain in Canada for 2 years at a time. This makes the super visa more beneficial than a regular multiple-entry visitor visa, under which the length of stay is usually 6 months or less.

Please contact us if you would like to enquire more about applying for super visa for your parents or grandparents.


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