Super Visa - Explained!!!

IRCC has always focused on how to make your loved ones come near you. One of the thoughtful decisions that was executed by IRCC was Super Visa Route.

Today, we will discuss what exactly is Super Visa, the eligibility, and mandatory documents that you cannot forget to attach.


A Super Visa is a type of visa that allows parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to visit and stay in Canada for an extended period. Unlike a regular visitor visa, the Super Visa is a multiple-entry visa that can be valid for up to 10 years, allowing the visa holder to stay in Canada for up to 2 years without the need for renewal.

Eligibility for a Super Visa:

  1. Relationship: To be eligible for a Super Visa, you must be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in Canada.

  2. Invitation: You need an invitation from your child or grandchild who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. They must provide a written commitment of financial support for your stay in Canada. Remember, the letters you attach need to be strong and convincing.

  3. Financial Support: The inviting child or grandchild must meet certain financial requirements to demonstrate their ability to support you financially during your stay in Canada. This is crucial since the Canadian government wants to ensure that the Super Visa applicants won't be a burden on the country's social services.

  4. Insurance: You must have private medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company that is valid for at least one year and provides a minimum coverage of $100,000 for health care, hospitalization, and repatriation.

Documents required for a Super Visa application:

  1. Valid passport: You must have a valid passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Canada.

  2. Invitation letter: A written invitation from your child or grandchild who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. The letter should include information about their relationship with you, a written statement of financial support, and a promise to provide you with the necessary care and support during your visit.

  3. Proof of financial support: Your child or grandchild must provide documents to prove they meet the minimum necessary income requirements to support you during your stay in Canada. Financial support is the strongest component of any visa. Make sure your financial stability is met. IRCC focuses majorly on funds. The most common reason for the refusals is funds!!!

  4. Super Visa insurance: Proof of private medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company, covering at least $100,000 in health care, hospitalization, and repatriation.

  5. Family ties: Documents demonstrating your family ties to your child or grandchild in Canada, such as birth certificates or marriage certificates.

  6. Purpose of visit: A letter explaining the purpose of your visit and your intentions to return to your home country after the visit. Make sure your purpose of the visit is clear. The purpose of visiting Canada is also a major component of Super Visa.

  7. Other standard visa requirements: You may also need to provide biometrics, and photographs, and pay the visa application fee.

It's essential to note that the Super Visa application process may vary depending on your country of residence. It's best to check with the official website of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or consult with a reputable immigration lawyer or consultant for the most up-to-date and accurate information.