Published on October 10, 2021
If you are interested in bringing your parents and grandparents to Canada, then you must have heard of the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP), which allows candidates to become sponsors for their loved ones. However, the PGP invitations are limited, and you might have been unsuccessful in securing one. The Super Visa could be the solution for your problem if you are content with bringing your parents and grandparents to Canada for a temporary period.
The Super Visa was introduced as a temporary alternative to help Canadians reunite with their parents and grandparents who live abroad. It allows them to visit Canada for a maximum period of two years at a time. Since the Super Visa remains valid for ten years, you will be able to bring your loved ones over to Canada multiple times without any trouble. The processing time usually changes depending on the country.
It is important to note, however, that the Super Visa coupled with a regular Visitor Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) would allow them to stay for just six months at a time.
The Super Visa caters to parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens as well as permanent residents. There are certain eligibility criteria that have to be met for them to qualify for the visa. You have to write a letter of invitation and provide proof of your citizenship or permanent residency. You have to take on the responsibility of supporting them financially during their stay in Canada and make all the necessary arrangements. Your parents or grandparents can submit their application for the visa from outside Canada.