Super Visa vs Visitor Visa

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Today, we are discussing on difference between Super Visa and Visitor Visa.

If you are a permanent resident in Canada who wants to invite your parents to Canada and you cannot decide whether to go for a Super Visa or a Visitor Visa then today’s blog post is for you. Keep reading!

How Super Visa is different from a Visitor Visa? Here you go!

A Super Visa and a Visitor Visa are two different types of visas that allow individuals to enter and stay in Canada for temporary purposes. 

Here's a comparison of the two:

  1. Purpose:

    • Super Visa: The Super Visa is designed specifically for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents who want to visit their family members in Canada for an extended period. It allows them to stay in Canada for up to 5 years at a time without needing to renew their status.
    • Visitor Visa: The Visitor Visa, also known as a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), is a general visa for individuals who wish to visit Canada for tourism, business, or other temporary purposes. It is not limited to any specific family relationship and can be obtained by people from various countries.

  2. Eligibility:

    • Super Visa: To be eligible for a Super Visa, applicants must meet certain financial and other requirements. They need to prove that their Canadian child or grandchild meets a minimum income threshold and provide a letter of invitation from the Canadian host. They also need to undergo a medical examination and have valid health insurance coverage for their stay in Canada.

Click the link to see if you meet the income requirements: LICO table

    • Visitor Visa: Visitor Visas are available to individuals from all countries and are generally easier to obtain. Applicants must demonstrate their intent to leave Canada at the end of their authorized stay and show they have sufficient funds to support themselves during their visit.

  1. Duration of Stay:

    • Super Visa: With a Super Visa, parents and grandparents can stay in Canada for up to five years at a time without the need for visa renewals. They do not need to apply for the extension and can stay with you for 5 years straight.
    • Visitor Visa: Visitor Visas typically allow individuals to stay in Canada for up to six months per visit. Extensions may be possible, but they require an application within Canada.

  2. Application Process:

    • Super Visa: Applying for a Super Visa involves a more complex application process compared to a Visitor Visa. It requires additional documentation, such as a letter of invitation, proof of financial support, and medical exams.
    • Visitor Visa: The application process for a Visitor Visa is relatively straightforward. Applicants need to complete the appropriate application forms, pay the required fees, and provide the necessary supporting documents.

  3. Health Insurance:

    • Super Visa: Super Visa applicants are required to have private health insurance from a Canadian insurance company that covers them for at least one year and provides a minimum coverage amount that is, 100,000 CAD.
    • Visitor Visa: While health insurance is not mandatory for a Visitor Visa, it is strongly recommended to have adequate health coverage during your stay in Canada.

  4. Intention to leave:

·        Super Visa: The burden on applicants on intention to leave the country is relatively low and this is because the Super Visa is meant to live in Canada for 5 years with your grandchildren/children.

·     Visitor Visa: In a Visitor Visa, the intention to leave the country (Canada) is mandatory to prove. Visa Officer primarily focuses on this factor and many a time, failing to prove the intention of going back to your home country is the main reason for the refusals.


In summary, the choice between a Super Visa and a Visitor Visa depends on the applicant's specific circumstances and relationship to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Super Visas are intended for parents and grandparents, while Visitor Visas are for general temporary visitors to Canada. Both visas have their own eligibility criteria and application processes.

We have also done a video on Super Visa vs. Visit Visa wherein our RCIC Dhruv Sharma has explained the difference between the two with the chances of success rate. Here's the link: Super Visa vs. Visitor Visa. 

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