Super visa lets applicants visit their 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. Many applicants are under the impression that the application forms for a regular visitor visa and a super visa are different. This is incorrect. Both types of visa share the same set of application forms. The difference lies in the supporting documents that are required for the applications.
The following chart displays the major differences between preparing a regular visitor visa application and a super visa application.
Regular visitor visa
|Medical Examination||Not required||Required, as the applicant can stay in Canada up to 2 years at a time|
|Medical Insurance||Not required||◦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)
|Invitation Letter||Not required||Required|
It needs to include:
◦a promise of financial support for the length of the applicant’s 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
|The inviter’s income||It is not required to have an inviter||Required to show proof that the inviter’s income meets or is above the low-income cut-off (LICO) for the total number of people, including the visiting parents or grandparents.|
It is important to demonstrate that the visiting parents or grandparents are expected to stay for up to 2 years in the invitation letter and the Application for Temporary Resident Visa; otherwise, they may be issued a regular visitor visa, even if they have provided all the supporting documents required for super visa.
The applicants should understand depending on their ability to demonstrate whether they have a strong tie with their home country, the visitor/super visa they receive may be less than 10 years. At the port of entry, the border services officer may allow the visitor visa holder to stay for less or more than 6 months, the super visa holder to stay for any amount of time that is less than 2 years.
An immigration lawyer can help you navigate through the dreaded application process and achieve the intended result without hassle. To book a consultation, please contact us today. MEHDI AU LLP has immigration lawyers on staff who can help you.
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