As Canada works to recover from the pandemic, the Government of Canada has announced enhancements to it’s super visa program. These enhancements will make it easier for Canadians to reunite with their parents and grandparents in Canada and will allow super visa holders to stay for a longer period of time.
These changes, which come into force on July 4, 2022, will increase the length of stay for super visa holders to 5 years per entry into Canada, with an option to extend two more years while in the country.
Previously, parents and grandparents with a super visa were only allowed to visit family in Canada for no longer than two years at a time. The super visa is valid for a period of 10 years and allows multiple entries.
International medical insurance companies will be able to provide coverage to super visa applicants.
To adequately support super visa holders while in Canada, their host child or grandchild must meet minimum income requirements.
In addition, parents and grandparents applying for a super visa must have a medical examination and provide proof of private health insurance from an approved insurance provider. This is so super visa holders can receive emergency health care while they are in Canada, while ensuring that the cost of those services does not fall upon Canadian taxpayers.