By: Yan Desjardins, Founder & Executive Director
IRCC has announced that new and major changes will be coming for the super visa program that will positively impact parents and grandparents who wish to travel to Canada to visit their families.
While the changes are still not in effect, they are expected to be effective by July 4th, 2022.
Longer stays in Canada
Currently, the parents and grandparents super visa program allows those who travel to Canada to stay up to 2 years at a time. This Canada tourist visa program was introduced to allow families to be reunited despite the long processing times for the permanent residence sponsorship for parents and grandparents.
With the new changes coming forward, those who apply for a Canada visa, or in this case, the super visa, will now be able to stay for up to 5 years per entry when traveling to Canada.
Also, the new changes will allow the Minister of IRCC to have the authority to designate international insurance providers for applicants to purchase the required medical insurance required for the application. Currently, those who wish to apply for the super visa and travel to Canada must purchase medical insurance from a Canadian company only.
What happens if I already have a super visa?
Each year, Canada issues more than 17,000 super visas. If you have been issued a visa that is still valid, you can still use the visa to travel to Canada. Once in Canada, you will be granted up to 5 years of stay upon your arrival.
For those who are currently in Canada and have already been admitted for 2 years with their Canada tourist visa, IRCC will allow applicants to extend their stays for an extra 5 years, therefore, providing applicants with a possible stay in Canada of 7 years!.
I don’t have a super visa, how can I apply for this Canada tourist visa?
Would you like to travel to Canada to visit your family? The super visa is just right for you. To be eligible to apply you must meet the following requirements:
- Your relative in Canada must be a permanent resident or Canadian citizen;
- They must provide you with a letter of invitation;
- They must offer a promise of financial support for you;
- They must purchase medical insurance that is valid for at least 1 year and with a minimum coverage of CAD $100,000.00;
- Your relative in Canada must meet the minimum income to support your visa application;
- You will need to complete an immigration medical examination.
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