The Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship of Canada, the Honorable Sean Fraser, announced important changes to the super visa program. These enhancements will make it simpler for Canadians to reconnect with their parents and grandparents in Canada and will enable holders of super visas to remain for a longer duration.
Effective July 4th, 2022:
Parents and Grandparents Super Visa holders will allow them to stay in Canada for up to seven years in a row.
Super visa holders may extend their stay in Canada to 5 years per admission, with the opportunity of requesting an extra two years while in the country.
The Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship will allow international medical insurance providers to offer coverage to super visa applicants. Presently, only Canadian insurance providers are able to offer the necessary medical coverage for super visa applicants.
For more than a decade, the super visa has been a popular and easy way for Canadian citizens and permanent residents to reconnect with their parents and grandparents in Canada. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada grants roughly 17,000 super visas each year.
To support supervisa holders sufficiently while in Canada, their host child or grandchild must fulfill minimum income requirements.
Furthermore, parents and grandparents seeking for a super visa must undergo a medical checkup and present evidence of private health insurance from an authorized insurance provider. This is done so that super visa holders may obtain emergency health care while in Canada while avoiding the expense of such treatments being borne by Canadian taxpayers.
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