Canada has much to offer visitors. It borders on three oceans, has towering mountains, countless lakes and a friendly cosmopolitan culture. Under this category of Visitor visa, foreign close family members can apply to come and visit Canada for an extended duration of time. This visa allows eligible parents and grandparents to apply to come and visit their close family members in Canada for a period of up to 2 years at a time with a 10-year multiple entry-visa. Applicants must intend to come to Canada to visit and refrain from engaging in work or study and respect the terms of their entry to Canada. Over 1,000 Super Visas are issued monthly since the program’s launch in December 2011.
Although this visa, which is a multiple-entry visa valid for up to 10 years, does not entitle applicants to work in Canada, it does offer them the chance to experience Canada’s diverse geographic and cultural landscape for themselves and enjoy extended time with close family members in Canada for up to 2 years at a time.
Parent & Grandparent Super Visa Basic Requirements
Applicants from designated countries are required to obtain a Temporary Resident visa (TRV) prior to their arrival to Canada. Applicants intending to visit Canada for a stay with their children or grandchildren can apply for a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa.
Currently, nationals from the following designated countries do not require a visa to visit Canada:
Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brunei, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (British National or Special Administrative Region passport holders), Holy See, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel (National Passport holders only), Italy, Japan, Latvia (Republic of), Liechtenstein, Lithuania, (biometric passport holders), Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Poland, (biometric passport holders), Portugal, Republic of Korea, St. Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sweden, Slovenia, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom (including British Overseas citizens who are re-admissible and citizens of some British Dependant Territories), the United States (includes permanent residents), and Western Samoa.
However, if you are visa-exempt, you may still benefit from the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa provisions. Other conditions for eligibility also apply. All applicants for this visa must possess a valid passport, show ties to their home country, receive an invitation letter from their Canadian relative(s) who must meet a minimum income threshold, possess sufficient Canadian private medical coverage, respect the terms of their entry to Canada, undergo a medical examination and ensure that they are criminally and medically admissible to enter Canada.
Parent & Grandparent Super Visa Entitlements
As a visitor, holders of the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa are free to travel anywhere throughout Canada and visit family, friends and experience Canada’s many attractions. They may also register for short courses relating to areas of general interest and self-improvement or to learn English or French. During their stay, visitors can meet with prospective employers or recruiters and seek out exciting employment opportunities, and investigate options for extending their stay in Canada.
Visitors can also take advantage of the many world-renowned festivals, cultural and artistic events which take place throughout the year, as well as explore the majestic landscapes and many natural wonders which find a home in Canada, making it truly unique.