Visit your children or grand children

A super visa lets you visit your children or grandchildren for up to 2 years at a time. It’s a multi-entry visa that provides multiple entries for a period up to 10 years.

If you want to stay for 6 months or less, apply for a visitor visa.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a super visa, you 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)

You must also:

  • apply for a super visa from outside Canada
  • be allowed to enter Canada
  • take an immigration medical exam
  • meet certain other conditions

You can’t include dependants in this application.

Financial support (proof of funds)

The child or grandchild who invites you must prove that their household meets the minimum necessary income. The following documents are examples of what can be used as proof of funds:

  • Notice of Assessment (NOA) or T4/T1 for the most recent tax year
  • Employment Insurance stubs
  • employment letter including salary and date of hiring
  • pay stubs
  • bank statements

Other conditions IRCC consider

IRCC consider several things before IRCC decide if you can come to Canada. You must be a genuine visitor to Canada who will leave by choice at the end of your visit.

IRCC’ll 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

How to apply

Get your documents ready

Before you apply for a super visa, you need:

  • a letter of invitation from your child or grandchild who is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada that includes:
    • a promise of financial support for the duration 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
  • proof that your child or grandchild’s household meets the minimum necessary income; examples include:
    • Notice of Assessment (NOA) or T4/T1 for the most recent tax year
    • Employment Insurance stubs
    • employment letter including salary and date of hiring
    • pay stubs
    • bank statements
  • proof of payment for 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
  • a document confirming that you had an immigration medical exam

You need to give your biometrics

In most cases, if you’re from a visa-required country you now need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) after you apply.

Are you visa-exempt? You can still apply for a super visa.

If you don’t need a visitor visa to enter Canada, you can still get a super visa to stay in Canada for up to 2 years. If IRCC approve your application, IRCC’ll issue you a letter to give to a border services officer when you arrive in Canada.

If you travel by air, you may also need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) separately to allow you to travel to and enter Canada. The eTA will be electronically linked to your passport, so you need to travel with the passport you used to apply for your eTA, and your letter to facilitate your travel to Canada.

Apply for a super visa

You must apply for a super visa from outside Canada. You can apply online or on paper.

If you need assistance, you can get help with your application at your nearest visa application centre (VAC).

Why you should apply online

  • No courier fees or mail delivery time – IRCC get your application instantly.
  • Online applications may be processed more quickly.
  • Avoid processing delays. Incomplete applications are returned to you. Applying online helps ensure your application is complete before you submit it.
  • If IRCC need to ask for more documents, you can quickly submit them online.
  • You don’t need to submit your passport until IRCC ask for it.
  • Get updates on the status of your application directly in your online account.

You need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics)

In most cases, you need to give bio metrics if you’re from a visa-required country. After you pay the biometrics fee and submit your application, IRCC’ll send you a letter that says you need to give your biometrics. The letter will tell you how and where to give your biometrics. You have up to 30 days to give your biometrics (in person).

If you didn’t pay the biometrics fee, IRCC’ll send you a letter asking you to do this first. You can only get the instruction letter if you pay the biometrics fee.

IRCC will process your super visa application

IRCC’ll check your application to make sure you have all the documents you need.

If it’s incomplete, IRCC’ll return your application without processing it.

IRCC may also ask you to:

  • go to an interview with our officials in your country
  • to send more information
  • get a medical exam
  • get a police certificate

IRCC’ll tell you what to do if you need to do any of these.

IRCC process most applications in a few weeks or less. Processing times depend on the visa office and if you need to do any extra steps (listed above).

IRCC’ll return your passport and other original documents to you after we process your application. IRCC won’t return original bank statements or any documents we find to be fake.

If your application is approved, the visa will be stamped inside your passport. If you’re from a visa-exempt country, IRCC will issue you a letter to give to a border services officer when you arrive in Canada.

If your application is refused, IRCC’ll send you an explanation.

You arrive in Canada

Identity check

A valid super visa and travel document doesn’t guarantee that you can enter Canada.

When you arrive, IRCC’ll check your identity to make sure that you’re the same person who was approved to travel to Canada.

  • If you enter Canada at one of 10 major Canadian airports
    • Your fingerprints will be checked automatically at a primary inspection kiosk.
    • The system will check your identity against the information collected when your application was submitted.
  • If you enter Canada at smaller airports and all land ports of entry
    • Your fingerprints may be checked if IRCC refer you to a secondary inspection, where a border services officer will use a fingerprint verification device to check your fingerprints.

Have your documents ready

When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by an officer from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

The officer will ask to see your passport and travel documents. You’ll also have other documents, such as a copy of your medical insurance. Make sure these documents aren’t packed in your luggage. This will speed up your entry into Canada.

A valid super visa and travel document (passport, titre de voyage or Certificate of Identity) does not guarantee that you can enter Canada.

Minor children

Children under 18 must travel with the right documents and meet the same entry requirements as adults. The border services officer may ask minor children to show other documents depending on whether the child is travelling alone or with someone.

You enter Canada

If you pass the identity check and meet the entry requirements, the border services officer may stamp your passport or let you know how long you can stay in Canada. A super visa may allow you to stay in Canada for up to 2 years.

In some cases, the officer may limit or extend your time in Canada to cover the planned purpose of your visit. Ask questions if you are not sure about something.

You won’t be allowed into Canada if you give false or incomplete information. You must convince the officer that:

  • you’re eligible for entry into Canada
  • you’ll leave Canada at the end of your approved stay

Living in Canada

Canada may be very different from your home country, which means there’s a lot to learn about it before you arrive. Get to know Canada, including climate, people, government and the way of life.

Work or study in Canada

Most visitors to Canada need a permit to work or study in Canada.

If you’re visiting Canada, still have legal status in Canada, and you want to work or study, there are a few options.

For a work permit, you can apply:

  • from your home country or another country where you’re lawfully admitted, or
  • in person or by mail at the nearest visa application centre (VAC)

Apply for a work permit.

For a study permit, you can apply:

  • from your home country or another country where you’re lawfully admitted, or
  • in person or by mail at the nearest visa application centre (VAC)

Apply for a study permit.

In some cases, you’re allowed to work or study without a permit. For more information, see:

  • Study in Canada – Exceptions
  • Work in Canada – Jobs that don’t need a work permit