Grandparent Super Visa

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Currently, most visitors to Canada may visit for up to six months when they first enter Canada. Visitors who wish to stay longer must apply for an extension, and pay a new fee. With the grandparent super visa, eligible grandparents can visit family in Canada for up to two years without the need to renew their status.


The Super Visa is a multi-entry visa that provides multiple entries for a period up to 10 years. The key difference is that the Super Visa allows an individual to stay for up to two years at a time in Canada, while a 10-year multiple entry visa would only have a status period for each entry of six months only.


Dependants of grandparents are not eligible for the super visa. However, they can apply for a regular visitor visa.


Immigration officers consider several things before they decide if you can come to Canada. You must be a real visitor to Canada who will leave by choice at the end of your visit. An officer will look at these things when you apply:


  • your ties to your home country,
  • the purpose of your visit,
  • your family and finances,
  • the overall economic and political stability of your home country, and
  • an invitation from a Canadian host.

To apply for the grandparent super visa, you must:

  • be the grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • be allowed to enter Canada 
  • provide a written statement from that grandchild that he or she will give you financial support,
  • have valid Canadian medical insurance coverage for at least one year (covers health care, hospital costs and your return to your home country, and covers you for at least $100,000 and is valid for each entry into Canada).
  • have an immigration medical exam
  • prove that your grandchild in Canada meets a minimum income threshold
  • meet certain other conditions.

Income Table: Effective from January 1 to December 31, 2018

Your grandchild may use the following income scale to assess their ability to meet the income requirements.


Low Income Cut-Off (LICO)

Size of Family Unit Minimum necessary income

1 person (your grandchild) $24,949

2 persons $31,061

3 persons $38,185

4 persons $46,362

5 persons $52,583

6 persons $59,304

7 persons $66,027

More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add $6,723