Due to the increased demand for visiting children and grandchildren, Canada has introduced a new program that allows you to visit your family members in an easy and convenient way. As of December 1st, 2011 the government of Canada has introduced the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa. The Super Visa will allow you access in to Canada for a total of 10 years without having to renew your Visa while letting you remain in Canada for a maximum of 24 months at a time. This new program will enable the Super Visa holders the convenience of not having to go through the immigration process over and over again within a certain period of time.
The obvious advantage to the Super Visa is that you do not have to continuously renew your immigration documents to re enter Canada (within a 10 year period). This will also help the Canadian government become more efficient when it come to immigration matters because they will not have to spend time on routine paperwork that would have otherwise tied up resources and prolonged wait times for other applications. The Super Visa is meant to efficiently facilitate the travel of parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents however, dependants cannot be included in the application. The only other person who may apply under this program to accompany you is your spouse or common-law partner.
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Super Visa Requirements:
To be eligible to apply for the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, you must:
- be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
- not be inadmissible to Canada for any reason, criminal or otherwise
- provide a written agreement from your child or grandchild confirming that they will support you financially during the time of your stay and they must meet a minimum income requirement
- prove that you have Canadian medical insurance for at least one year
- complete an Immigration Medical Exam (IME)
- meet certain other conditions
THE VISA OFFICE WILL ALSO CONSIDER OTHER FACTORS REGARDING YOUR ADMISSIBILITY AND HE/SHE MUST BE CONVINCED THAT YOU ARE A GENUINE VISITOR AND THAT YOU WILL LEAVE VOLUNTARILY AT THE END OF YOUR AUTHORIZED STAY. SOME OF THE FACTORS THAT CAN BE CONSIDERED ARE:
- the visitors ties to his/her home country
- the purpose of the visit
- the visitors family and financial situation
- the overall stability of the home country of the visitor (political, economic, etc.)
- an invitation from a Canadian host
Keep in mind that the above requirements are not an inclusive list and you may be subject to other requirements as well.
Additionally you may be subject to admissibility requirements that focus on your criminal history, national security and social systems in Canada, among others.
Even if you satisfy all of the above criteria, there may still be other requirements you must meet depending on your unique situation and once the Visa officer has been thoroughly satisfied with your application he/she will grant your Super Visa. It is definitely worth having a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa as it will expedite your future trips to Canada without having to go through the immigration process repeatedly. Our Toronto immigration consultants can help you obtain your Super Visa quicker and easier because we have the expertise to complete your application to the satisfaction of the Visa office. To get started, simply click here and apply online. Once you submit the online application form, one of our qualified Toronto immigration consultants will get in touch with you immediately to get started.