If you want your parents and grandparents could come to visit you in Canada for a long time – the Supervisa for parents and grandparents is ideal for such visits! Supervisa is also an alternative for those who cannot apply for the Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship or whose sponsorship application has not been selected.
What is Supervisa for Parents and Grandparents?
Supervisa is a visitor visa that allows you to bring your parents and grandparents to Canada for up to 5 years in one visit without the need to renew their visa after six months. The new rules also allow extending the visit for another 2 years. Supervisa is valid for up to 10 years. Although a multiple-entry visa is also valid for up to 10 years, it allows staying in Canada for a maximum period of up to 6 months per visit.
Who is eligible for Supervisa?
Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents who meet the program requirements are eligible for supervisa. Dependents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot obtain this type of visa.
Requirements for obtaining Supervisa
To qualify for supervisa, parents and grandparents of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada must have a letter of invitation to Canada signed by a child or grandchild who is 19 years of age or older.
In addition to the invitation, the child or grandchild must demonstrate that they can financially support their parents or grandparents during their visit to Canada. The letter of invitation must include a list of all family members of your child or grandchild. A copy of the document confirming the Canadian citizenship or permanent residence of this person is also required.
It is essential to understand that invited parents and grandparents must leave Canada after their visa expires. For this reason, among the required documents for obtaining Supervisa is a signed commitment to leave Canada at the end of the allowed duration of one visit.
Requirement for invited parents and grandparents
Parents and grandparents must have health insurance from a Canadian insurance company for at least one year from the date of entry into Canada, which covers a minimum of $100,000 and an immigration medical examination document. The Government of Canada will also check the ties with the home country of residence to ensure the intention to leave Canada after the expiry of the supervisa period.
Are there income criteria for Supervisa?
Yes. A child or grandchild must meet the minimum income requirement, which depends on the number of his/her family members. However, the income of spouses can also be counted to meet the minimum Supervisa income requirement!
How to apply for Supervisa?
Supervisa applications must be submitted from outside Canada by parents or grandparents online or on paper. Online applications are usually processed faster. Before applying, you should collect the essential documentation that you will need. If applications are submitted online, several required forms will need to complete while applying. In most cases, it is also required to provide biometrics.
Can parents and grandparents extend a visit to Canada after a five-year stay?
Yes. It happens when parents or grandparents need to extend their stay in Canada after a five-year visit. The extension is possible if there is evidence that they cannot now return to their home country. Proof that they are still living with their children or grandchildren is also required to extend their stay, as well as their health insurance for the entire period of their stay in Canada. To extend your stay under Supervisa, you must apply for a visitor record at least 30 days before the expiration of your temporary status in Canada.
Schindler Visa Services can help you to obtain a Supervisa for Parents and Grandparents. We will handle all the paperwork and prepare the application along with all supporting documents smoothly and quickly!
Book a consultation on how to get a Supervisa in Canada with Oleg Schindler, a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant!