The Canadian Super Visa is a special type of visa designed for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. It allows them to visit and stay in Canada for an extended period, typically up to 2 years per visit, and it can be valid for up to 5 years. To be eligible for a Super Visa, applicants must meet certain requirements, which include the information below.


You must be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.

Invitation Letter

You will need an invitation letter from your child or grandchild in Canada who is sponsoring your visit. This letter must include a promise of financial support during your stay and an invitation for you to visit.

Financial Support

Your child or grandchild in Canada must meet the minimum income requirements and provide proof of their financial ability to support you during your stay. The specific income threshold can change annually, so it’s essential to check the latest requirements.

Medical Insurance

You must provide proof of private medical insurance coverage for at least one year from a Canadian insurance company. This insurance should cover health care, hospitalization, and repatriation. The minimum coverage amount can vary.

Immigration Medical Examination

You may need to undergo a medical examination to demonstrate that you are in good health and do not pose a risk to public health in Canada. This requirement depends on your age and the duration of your stay.

Criminal Background

Check You may be required to provide a police clearance certificate or undergo a security background check.

Ties to Your Home Country

You must demonstrate strong ties to your home country, such as family, property, or a job, to show that you have reasons to return after your visit to Canada.

Other Requirements

You will need to satisfy other immigration requirements, such as proving your intent to leave Canada at the end of your authorized stay and providing biometric information (fingerprints and photograph).

It’s essential to check the latest requirements on the official website of the Government of Canada or consult with the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate when applying for a Super Visa, as requirements and processes can change over time. Additionally, it’s advisable to begin the application process well in advance of your planned travel to allow for processing times.

Stephen Somerville

Stephen Somerville

Director of Marketing and Business Development