Most visitors to Canada are allowed to stay in the country for a maximum of 6 months. However, the Canadian government introduced the super visa especially for the parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, allowing them to stay in the country for up to 2 years at a time, without having to renew their visa.
This is a multi-entry visa that allows travellers multiple entries into Canada for up to 10 years. What makes a super visa different from other multi-entry visas is the fact that it allows individuals to stay in Canada for up to 2 years at a time, while other visas would have a maximum status period of 6 months.
To be eligible for a super visa, the travellers must:
-Be either the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
-Have a letter of invitation from the Candian resident, who serves as host.
-The letter of invitation must be signed and should contain the following documents:
- A promise of financial support for the duration of the visa holder’s stay
- List of the people in the host’s household
- A copy of the host’s Canadian citizenship or residential document
- Latest bank statement, credit statement or income details to meet the income criteria, proving that the host is capable of supporting the visa holders financially.
-Obtain super visa health insurance from a Canadian insurance company
Requirements for super visa insurance
To apply for a super visa, applicants must first obtain health insurance with a minimum of $100,000 in coverage, issued by a Canadian Insurance Firm. This ensures that the visitors can pay for their medical bills in case of an emergency, and reap the benefits of the Canadian health care system.
The medical insurance has certain requirements that must be met to be eligible for the super visa, including:
-Coverage for up to 365 days in Canada and no expiry date exclusion
-The ability to return home during the trip without cancelling coverage
-Four deductible options with savings up to 5% to 30% on $100 to $3000 per claim deductible
-Rates for visitors up to the age of 89
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