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Eligibility Criteria for a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa in Canada

Canada, known for its welcoming and inclusive approach to immigration, offers a variety of pathways for family reunification. One such avenue is the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, a remarkable opportunity for Canadian citizens and permanent residents to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada for extended visits. This visa facilitates extended stays and enables families to spend quality time together.

To make the most of this opportunity, it's essential to understand the eligibility criteria associated with the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa.

Income Requirements: To sponsor a parent or grandparent under the Super Visa program, the sponsor must demonstrate that they meet specific income requirements. The sponsor needs to have a stable financial situation, proving their ability to provide financial support to the visiting family member. This requirement ensures that the sponsored individual will not need to access social assistance during their stay in Canada.

Invitation Letter: One of the key components of the Super Visa application is the invitation letter from the Canadian citizen or permanent resident sponsor. This letter should outline the purpose and duration of the visit, provide details about the relationship between the sponsor and the visiting family member, and explain the arrangements for financial support during the stay. The invitation letter serves as a crucial piece of evidence for the immigration authorities to assess the genuine nature of the visit.

Medical Insurance Coverage: Healthcare in Canada is publicly funded, but it does not cover visitors. Therefore, one of the fundamental requirements for obtaining a Super Visa is having private medical insurance coverage for the visiting parent or grandparent. This insurance must be valid for at least one year and provide a minimum coverage amount to ensure the individual's well-being during their stay in Canada.

Immigration Medical Examination: Applicants for the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa are required to undergo an immigration medical examination by a panel physician approved by the Canadian government. The purpose of this examination is to assess the applicant's health status and ensure that they do not pose a public health risk to Canadian citizens and residents. The medical examination is a critical step in the application process and helps ensure the safety and well-being of all parties involved.

Ties to Home Country: To be eligible for the Super Visa, the visiting parent or grandparent must demonstrate strong ties to their home country. This is to assure Canadian immigration authorities that the individual intends to return to their home country after their authorized stay in Canada. Strong ties can include evidence of property ownership, employment, family responsibilities, and other commitments that indicate the individual's intention to depart Canada at the end of their visit.

Financial Support and Accommodation: Sponsors must demonstrate their ability to provide financial support and accommodation for the visiting parent or grandparent during their stay in Canada. This includes covering living expenses such as food, shelter, and other essential needs. Adequate accommodation arrangements, as outlined in the invitation letter, play a crucial role in the visa approval process.

Criminal and Immigration History: Both sponsors and applicants must have a clean criminal and immigration history to be eligible for the Super Visa. Any past criminal convictions or immigration violations can have a significant impact on the application's success. It's essential to provide accurate and complete information regarding these matters during the application process.


The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa offers a fantastic opportunity for Canadian citizens and permanent residents to reunite with their parents and grandparents for extended periods. By meeting the eligibility criteria outlined above, families can ensure a smooth application process and increase the chances of a successful outcome. It's advisable to seek professional guidance and carefully follow the application guidelines provided by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). By doing so, families can look forward to creating cherished memories together in the welcoming embrace of the Great White North.

If you need assistance with your immigration application, we at Immigration Station Canada can help. Contact us today to book an appointment and start your journey to becoming a Canadian resident.

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