What is a Canadian Super Visa?

Aug 06, 2015 (0) comment , , , , ,

The Canadian super visa program and its requirement for private insurance coverage for applicants is a popular topic of discussion for our brokers and customers. Every day, the Travelance team receives questions about the program and how our products and services help fulfill the emergency medical insurance component of the application requirements. At Travelance, we’re great believers that planning and knowledge help travellers #TravelRight. So, in this post, we outline the purpose of the Canadian super visa program and how it works.

We encourage you to ask questions and invite you to share your super visa stories with us in the comments section below.

What is a Super Visa?

The Canadian Parent and Grandparent super visa is a multi-entry visa that allows eligible parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to visit their loved ones in Canada more frequently and for longer periods of time. Since its launch in December 2011, the Canadian super visa program has issued more than 50,000 super visas and boasts an approval rating of 82%.

Why a Super Visa?

The Canadian government recognizes that parents and grandparents contribute to the lives of Canadians in many ways. However, applicants to the Parent and Grandparent (PGP) sponsorship program, could experience processing times of up to 7 years. During the waiting period, visitors to Canada, holding a standard visitor visa, were only permitted to stay for up to 6 months at a time. Parents and grandparents wanting to extend their stay or return to Canada later, were required to undergo the application process again. To reduce the backlog of PGP applications and reduce wait times for future applicants, the Canadian government implemented a 24-month ban on new applications in November 2011 with caps on the number of applications in subsequent years.

To help Canadian citizens and permanent residents cope with the challenges of being separated from their loved ones, the government introduced the Canadian parent and grandparent super visa.  Set to become a permanent program, the super visa is a flexible option for parents and grandparents who want to visit their children and grandchildren in Canada. The super visa typically only takes a few weeks to process. is valid for 10 years and super visa holders can stay in Canada for up to 2 years at a time without having to renew their status.

What are the Requirements for a Super Visa?

To be eligible for the super visa, as per the Canadian goverment, applicants must satisfy several requirements including the following:

  • Proof that they are a parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Proof of medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company with at least $100,000 coverage that is valid for a minimum 1 year
  • Undergo medical examination performed by a Canadian approved doctor
  • The child or grandchild must meet minimum income thresholds and consent to offer financial support for the duration of the applicant’s stay

The Canadian government is clearly making a strong effort to help reunite Canadians with their parents and grandparents more effectively. Explore the benefits the super visa program offers to families and how Travelance’s travel insurance products can help in greater detail!

Travelance specializes in emergency medical travel insurance for Visitors to Canada! Visit our website to learn more about our ‘Super Visa’ plans.

For more information or to speak to a licensed Travelance broker, contact us through our website or call 1-855-566-8555.

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