Super visa

Effective December 1, 2011, foreign nationals seeking to visit their Canadian or permanent resident child or grandchild in Canada for an extended period of time may be eligible for long term, multiple-entry visas and an extended authorized stay for a period of up to two years.


An applicant is eligible for a Super Visa if the applicant has:

  • provided proof of the parent or grandparent relationship to the Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • undergone a medical examination and is admissible on health grounds;
  • provided satisfactory evidence of private medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company, valid for a minimum period of one year from the date of entry whichprovides a minimum of $100,000 coverage
  • prove that your child or grandchild in Canada meets a minimum income threshold,

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.