It is vacation time once again. Many of you may have planned to get your parents or grandparents to visit Canada for a spring or summer vacation or even a year-long stay to enjoy family time with you and your family.
Having your relatives around during vacation is a wonderful experience to be had as many families in Canada have relatives living abroad who cannot visit regularly due to many reasons such as visa requirements, and the cost of flying overseas.
Getting your family to come over will require thorough planning, budgeting, and execution. You just do not let them apply for a visa, if they need it. They need to complete documentations as well to proceed with the visa application. Aside from filling up forms, having photos taken, securing bank statements and other documents required in the visa application, a super visa insurance is also a necessity to ensure their safety, and coverage while staying with you in Canada.
What is a Super Visa?
Many wonder what a Super Visa is. To simply put it, a Super Visa is an option for parents and grandparents of permanent residents and Canadian citizens to visit their family in Canada and they are also eligible to say for 2 years without having to change their status of stay while in Canada.
What do you need to get a Super Visa?
Applicants must prepare proper documentations to apply for a Super Visa for their parents and grandparents. Applicants who are parents or grandparents of a permanent resident or Canadian citizen must also meet several criteria to become eligible as applicants for the Super Visa category of entry to Canada.
Here are just some of the criteria you have to meet if you are considering to apply for a Super Visa:
- Be the parent or grandparent of a permanent resident or Canadian Citizen in Canada
- Be able to prove your ties to your home country
- Be able to prove your purpose of visit
- Your family member who is a permanent resident or Canadian citizen must meet the income threshold to be eligible to sponsor you to come to Canada
- You must have a super visa insurance coverage issued by a Canadian insurance company for at least a year and that coverage must include hospitalization, repatriation, and healthcare
To read more in-depth information on Super Visa requirements, you may also visit the Government of Canada Immigration and Citizenship page.
How to apply for this type of visa?
There are 2 ways to apply for this type of visa when entering Canada. You can either submit your application online or submit all your documents’ hard copies to the Canadian Embassy of Consulate in your country.
The Government of Canada’s official website will all have the specific details of both of these ways when applying for the Super Visa. I will highly recommend that you check all the information provided in their official site for other requirements which have to be fulfilled alongside the application of the super visa.
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