Visiting your children or grandchildren in Canada is easier with a super visa. Under a regular travellers visa, visitors can enter Canada for up to 6 months at a time. A super visa is specifically for parents and grandparents to visit their children and grandchildren in Canada for longer than 6 months at a time.
This is a great option for families living in different countries to get approval to live in Canada together for longer visits. It’s also an option to have your parents come to Canada to help with childcare for six months or more.
Here’s what you need to know about applying for your visa and getting the required medical insurance for your application.
There are several requirements to get a super visa. These include:
The approval committee also considers the reasons for your travel to ensure that you will leave by choice after your visit. They will consider:
Dependents are not eligible for a super visa but can still enter the country for up to 6 months at a time on a regular travel visa.
Your parents or grandparents applying for a super visa must have valid health insurance from a Canadian insurance agency. This will cover their medical needs while in the country. For a super visa, you must have the following:
In addition to purchasing the insurance, you must show proof that it’s fully paid. Insurance quotes will not be accepted as proof of insurance.
If you applied before July 4, 2022, you might be eligible to stay in Canada for up to 5 years over a ten-year period. Those who applied before that date will only be allowed the original stay length first granted to you. For example, if you were previously given two years at a time, you’ll continue to receive that length per stay.
The Government of Canada’s immigration and Citizenship website outlines just two steps to apply:
Now you sit back and wait for your application to be processed. Processing times can vary, and while the Government of Canada website says it usually takes a few weeks when we checked current processing times for this type of visa this week, it’s currently sitting at 36 months! Applications with missing or uncertain information may take longer.
You’ll need to arrange to have your biometrics recorded for entry into Canada.
You may be asked to attend an interview with Canadian officials in your country or provide additional documentation if required.
Upon arriving in Canada, you’ll undergo a biometric screening to confirm your identity and be asked for your supporting documents from your application.
If you wish to work or go to school in Canada during your stay, you’ll need to apply for a work permit or a study permit.
If you need to cancel your medical insurance because you are leaving the country, you may be eligible for a refund of your premium, less an administration fee. Not everyone will qualify for a refund, especially those with a medical claim under their policy. Similarly, if your visa acceptance is delayed, we can also change the start date for you.
At AP Insurance, we can help you get the appropriate health insurance coverage even after your family has arrived in Canada. You can also pay your Super Visa medical coverage through regular monthly payments. This helps protect your savings and keeps your family closer.
Contact us at AP Insurance today if you need help getting Canadian health insurance for your super visa application.
Visit our page to learn more information about Super Visa.