This post was most recently updated on September 12th, 2017
Parents…you’ve got to love them!
There’s nothing like their warm, comforting wisdom to help you through turmoil; and just a little homely reprimand when you need it to get your senses together. Even better, if they have the grandparents lending a helping hand.
So nothing quite prepares you for the reality of pursuing a life without their reassuring presence. And when you can help it – well, it isn’t up for negotiating.
If you live in Canada, (whether as a permanent resident or citizen) and your parents are neither of these, then you may have gotten acquainted with the frustration of inviting your parents over on a visitor visa, only to have them scurry back after 6 short months because of the validity period of the visa. It was with alleviating the pressure that the Super Visa was created.
What is a Super Visa?
Super Visa’s were introduced by the Canadian Government in 2011 and are visa’s that allow eligible parents and grandparents to stay in Canada for up to two years without the need for status renewal. Since they exclusively cater to parents and grandparents, the likelihood of its approval (compared to a visitor visa) is significantly higher.
The major difference between the super visa and a visitor’s multiple entry visas is that even though those traveling on the multiple entry visas can have a ten year validity period, they can only stay for 6-months per entry. On the other hand, a super visa allows multiple entry times for up to 2 years
Eligibility to Obtain a Super Visa
You can request a Super Visa for your parents or grandparents if you can meet the conditions required. Summarily, the parent or grandparents must prove that their relationship with the child and present a letter of invitation from said child/grandchild living in Canada.
The grandparents must also;
- Demonstrate that they have reasons to return to their home country after the trip
- Explain their reasons for embarking on the trip
- Summit another letter, stating that their child or grandchild would be responsible for their journey , and is financially capable.
- Purchase medical insurance coverage and complete a medical examination
Super Visa Invitation Letter
As with other visas, obtaining a visa often requires presenting a letter of invitation from someone in the country you intend to visit.
In this case, it entails presenting a letter from the child or grandchild who is inviting you to Canada. While it may not necessarily guarantee entry into the country, it is a prerequisite for obtaining a super visa invitation.
Contents of a Super Visa Invitation letter
Even though issuing a letter of invitation does not automatically make you responsible for your visitor, it must contain sufficient information about you and the invite to improve chances of having the letter approved.
Remember that the letter must be notarized (if the visa office requests specifically) and sent to the Canadian embassy or consulate. It must contain –
- The complete name of the parents and grandparents as well as the child’s (sponsor)
- The birth dates, address and contact number of both parties
- Relationship between the guest(s) and the sponsor
- The applicant’s length of stay and where they will reside
- Details about your family and other dependents (if applicable)
Super Visa Invitation Letter Sample
Kelsey and Brown Associates
2956 Granville St.
French Village, Nova Scotia
23rd March 2075
The Canadian Embassy,
Ro 557, Street No 16, Guru Angad Nagar
Dear Dad and Mum (Bumb and Malika Rani),
How are you both doing? I hope, well.
Like we discussed earlier, myself and my family have missed you. It feels as though you are missing the precious moments of your grandkids lives. So, I’m writing this formal invitation letter to invite you over to Canada, for at least a year.
You can stay with us in our home at 2188 Russell Avenue, White Rock, British Columbia (tel. 604-538-4746). And we will take a few trips around the state and make your stay memorable. You will be required to make \ copies of this letter, to submit it to the Canadian Embassy when you apply for your Temporary Resident Visa. Remember to attach all the relevant supporting documents, including your Passport; Government-issued IDs; House ownership documents, Bank statements; and any other related documents as required by the Canadian Embassy.
I will also be be responsible for your round-trip airfare, food, living accommodation, transportation, medical insurance, and any other expenses to financially support you during your visit and temporary stay in Canada.
Hopefully, I will take time off work from the firm to spend time with you, so you needn’t worry about my job.
We all miss you, and are looking forward to having you here with us. Do take care, we love you. Find attached all the documents you will need to process the visa as required.