IRCC Minister Sean Fraser

IRCC Announced Increase In Super Visa Duration To 5 Years!

Today, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), announced enhancements to Canada’s super visa program. As a result, these enhancements will make it easier for Canadians to reunite with their parents and grandparents in Canada.

Furthermore, it will allow super visa holders to stay for a longer period of time in Canada. The new changes will come into effect on July 4, 2022. Below are the new measures announced by IRCC minister today:

  • Increase in the length of stay for super visa holders to 5 years per entry into Canada
  • People who have a super visa will also be having the option to request to extend their stay by up to 2 years while in Canada. This means super visa holders will now be able to stay in Canada for up to 7 consecutive years.
  • Allowing the Minister of IRCC to designate international medical insurance companies to provide coverage to super visa applicants in the future.
    • Currently, only Canadian insurance providers can provide the necessary medical coverage that super visa applicants are required to have. Information about any designated medical insurance companies located outside of Canada will be communicated on IRCC’s website at a later date.

Because of the pandemic, the Government of Canada has been prioritizing family reunification. This is so that they can attract, retain and integrate immigrants who contribute to the success of our country.

Currently, super visa is valid for up to 10 years which allows parents and grandparents to remain in Canada for 2 years at a time. However, now they will be able to stay up to 5 years and can apply for an extension of 2 years.

Super Visa Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a super visa, an applicant must:

  • be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • have a signed letter from your child or grandchild who invites you to Canada that includes:
    • a promise of financial support for the length of your visit
    • the list and number of people in the household of this person
    • a copy of this person’s Canadian citizenship or permanent resident document
  • have medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company that is:
    • valid for at least 1 year from the date of entry
    • at least $100,000 coverage
    • have proof that the medical insurance has been paid (quotes aren’t accepted)

Additionally, super visa can only be applied from outside Canada.

Source: IRCC


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