Super Visa for Parents and Grandparents

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The Super Visa program is a great way to bring parents and grandparents to Canada for long periods of time. For Permanent Residents and Canadian Citizens who currently do not qualify for parental permanent resident sponsorship, or are waiting to sponsor their parents for permanent residence, this is a possible option to allow your parents be with you in Canada. 


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 parent super visa, eligible parents and 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 parents and 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 parent or grandparent super visa, you must:

  • be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada,
  • be allowed to enter Canada 
  • provide a written statement from that child or 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 child or grandchild in Canada meets a minimum income threshold
  • meet certain other conditions.

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

Your child or 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 child or 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