Enhancements to super visa program for parents, grandparents to reunite families more easily and for longer

SEAN Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, on Tuesday announced enhancements to Canada’s super visa program that will make it easier for Canadians to reunite with their parents and grandparents in Canada and will allow super visa holders to stay for a longer period of time.

These changes, which come into force on July 4, will: 

* increase the length of stay for super visa holders to five years per entry into Canada

People who have a super visa also have the option to request to extend their stay by up to two years while in Canada. This means super visa holders will now be able to stay in Canada for up to seven consecutive years.

* allow the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to designate international medical insurance companies to provide coverage to super visa applicants in the future

Currently, only Canadian insurance providers can provide the necessary medical coverage that super visa applicants are required to have. Information about any designated medical insurance companies located outside of Canada will be communicated on IRCC’s website at a later date. 

Since 2011, Canadian citizens and permanent residents have been able to reunite with their parents and grandparents in Canada for extended periods of time through Canada’s super visa program. This multiple-entry visa, which is valid for up to 10 years, has allowed parents and grandparents to remain in Canada for two years at a time. This makes the super visa more beneficial than a regular multiple-entry visitor visa, under which the length of stay is usually six months or less. 

Fraser said: “Families are at the heart of Canadian society. The enhancements to the super visa program allow family members to reunite for longer in Canada, which helps everyday Canadian citizens and permanent residents succeed and contribute to society, while affording their parents and grandparents invaluable opportunities to spend time with their family in Canada.”

Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety, added: “Reuniting families is a priority for our Government and contributes to our success and strength as a country—particularly, as we work to recover from the pandemic and reconnect with our loved ones. I want to thank the Canada Border Services Agency employees who are working with partners to help unite Canadian citizens and permanent residents with their families, while keeping our borders safe and secure.”


Quick Facts

* For over a decade, the super visa has remained a popular and accessible option for Canadian citizens and permanent residents to reunite with their parents and grandparents in Canada. Each year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada issues approximately 17,000 super visas.

* To adequately support super visa holders while in Canada, their host child or grandchild must meet minimum income requirements.

* In addition, parents and grandparents applying for a super visa must have a medical examination and provide proof of private health insurance from an approved insurance provider. This is so super visa holders can receive emergency health care while they are in Canada, while ensuring that the cost of those services does not fall upon Canadian taxpayers.


Associated links

· Parent and grandparent super visa

· Ministerial Instructions