Everything About the Super Visa for Parents and Grandparents (PGP) in Canada

The idea of family reunification is always one of the important pillars of the Canadian immigration system. Thus, if you are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada with parents or grandparents who wants to immigrate to Canada, you need to know about super visa.

Super Visa

The Super Visa is a temporary resident visa that allows sponsored parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens or PRs to visit their Canadian families. The visa lasts for up to five years at a time without any renewals. Additionally, it is a multi-entry visa that allows reuniting with parents and grandparents multiple times for a period of up to 10 years. Moreover, the super visa is an alternative to the Parents and Grandparents Program, which offers permanent residence status.  

What is the eligibility for a Super visa?

To stand eligible for a Super Visaa sponsor;

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Should be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (PR)
  • Must be in a good financial position
  • And, residing in Canada at the time of super visa application

Eligibility for the individuals coming to Canada is;

  • Must be a parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Should apply for the super visa from outside Canada
  • Must have documents that prove the child or grandchild’s minimum income
  • Should prove parental relationship
  • Must have strong ties to their home country.
  • Must not be inadmissible to Canada
  • must also prove through a letter signed by a child or grandchild

The objective of IRCC’s income criteria is to determine the child’s or grandchild’s financial ability and if he can financially support his family in Canada.

The candidate can prove his financial status through a notice of assessment (NOA), current tax slips, an employment insurance remainder, a job letter with complete salary details, bank statements, and pay stubs. Also, the super visa applicants must also prove through a letter signed by a child or grandchild which confesses the following three things;

  • A financial promise to secure them till the time of their stay
  • Number of persons in the family
  • Valid copy of child or grandchild’s Canadian Citizenship or PR

What is the Super Visa application process?

  • Prepare your documents
  • Apply online via IRCC’s portal
  • Receive a document checklist
  • Pay the application fee
  • Submit your application

After the application submission, IRCC will thoroughly review the application and ensure that it has all the essential documents. IRCC after reviewing is free to ask the applicant the following activities to perform;

  • To go to an interview in the applicant’s country
  • May ask the applicant to send more information
  • To bring a medical exam and a police certificate

Austin Campbell

Austin has been quite active in the immigration arena since 2010. He has authored over 250 immigration publications, given over 70 presentations, and organized numerous events featuring federal and provincial immigration ministers and leaders from other sectors. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Durham University.
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