Who doesn’t love to have their parents or grandparents around? This emotional urge multiplies even more, when you are in a foreign land. The Canadian government recognized this need and introduced the Super Visa program. Essentially, the Super Visa allows the parents and grandparents of Canadian permanent residents or citizens to visit them in Canada for up to 2 years. However, the application process for the Super Visa can be complicated and lengthy. In this blog post, we shed some light on the Super Visa program and the best tips to implement.
Let’s start by understanding the legal requirements and eligibility criteria. In order to be eligible to apply for the Super Visa –
The applicant must be the parent or grandparent of either a citizen of Canada or a Canadian permanent resident. This is the first and foremost requirement.
The next is for parents or grandparents to have a signed letter of invitation from their child or grandchild inviting them to visit Canada. This does not guarantee a visa, but it helps build a strong case for you.
Personal details like full name, government identification number, and address are required. A written and signed promise of financial support is also to be submitted.
In cases where only one person has invited their parents or grandparent, the minimum gross income of the host should be $25,921. For 2 persons, it has to be at least $32,270.
Now that we have clarity on the primary requirements let us understand the application process and the best practices that should be followed.
The sooner you start, the better -The Super Visa application process can take several months to complete, so it’s crucial to begin the process early. Also, remember the high number of other applicants that will delay your turn. Immigration lawyers can help you determine when to start the process and ensure you have plenty of time to gather all the necessary documents and prepare your application correctly.
Avoid errors and maintain accuracy – The Super Visa application form is lengthy and complex, and even a minor mistake can delay the processing of your application. Therefore, it is imperative that you complete the form correctly, filling in all required fields and furnishing all the necessary documents.
Submit all documents – Ensure that all the required documents, including the invitation letter, proof of medical insurance, and financial support documents, are submitted along with your application. Any missing document can lead to delays or rejection of your application. Please be mindful while providing the documents. Seek professional assistance if need be.
Medical Insurance – The Super Visa requires proof of comprehensive medical insurance purchased by a Canadian company. With a plethora of options to choose from, this could get tricky. We advise you to do thorough research before jumping onto the application process.
Financial Requirements – We have already discussed the financial guarantee that needs to be provided. As part of the Super Visa application process, the host must provide proof of financial support for your parents or grandparents visit to Canada. This includes proof of your income, bank statements, and other financial documents.
Be prepared for an interview – You may be required to attend an interview as part of the Super Visa application process. Be prepared for the interview by reviewing your application and understanding the requirements of the program.
We know that applying for the Super Visa for your parents or grandparents can be daunting. By following the tips we have provided, you can increase your chances of a successful Super Visa application and ensure that your parents, grandparents, or loved ones can come to Canada and spend time with you. If you need further assistance with your Super Visa application, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team of legal experts are dedicated to providing you with the guidance and support you need to make your immigration dreams a reality.