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Super Visa for Parents and Grandparents

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, then you can apply for a super visa for your parent(s) and/or grandparent(s).

The super visa is even better than a standard visitor visa because it allows your parents and grandparents to remain in Canada with you for up to two years. 

Parent and Grandparent Super Visa Eligibility

To apply for a super visa for your parents or grandparents, these criteria have to be met:

For the child or grandchild in Canada:

  • Must meet the Minimum Necessary Income requirement based on your family size

  • Sign a letter promising financial support for your relatives who are visiting

  • Provide proof of your income


Low Income Cut-Off (LICO)

Size of Family Unit          Minimum Necessary Gross Income

1 person                             $25,338

2 people                            $31,544

3 people                            $38,780

4 people                            $47,084

5 people                            $53,402

6 people                            $60,228

7 people                            $67,055

More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add$6,827

For the parent or grandparent outside Canada:

  • Get medical insurance from a Canadian insurer which is

    • Valid for at least 1 year

    • At least CAD$100,000 coverage

    • Proof of payment

  • Take an immigration medical exam performed by a doctor approved by the government of Canada (panel physician)

  • Meet the other requirements from entry to Canada

How long does it take to sponsor my parent in Canada?

Parent sponsorship applications take approximately 24-36 months to process from start to finish. They are typically not processed much faster than 24 months, but can take longer, depending on the nature of your case.

When will Immigration open the 2023 Parent Sponsorship program?

Immigration Canada usually opens the Parent and Grandparent sponsorship program in the first quarter of the year. Based on the history of the program, the 2023 Parent and Grandparent sponsorship information should be announced in late February or March but this is in the discretion of the Immigration Canada. However, the latest plan for Immigration Levels for 2023-2025 indicates that Canada is aiming for over 28,000 parents and grandparents in each of the next three years. The exact targets for parents and grandparents under family immigration are 28,500 for 2023, 34,000 for 2024, and 36,000 for 2025. These are larger numbers than previous years.

Can my parents stay in Canada while waiting for spousal sponsorship?

Your parents can stay in Canada on a regular visitor visa or a super-visa during the processing of the application. The regular visa typically allows for a stay of six months while a Super-visa can allow a stay for one or two years. The visitor status can be extended in Canada before the expiry to provide maintained or implied status until a decision is rendered.

What are Common Grounds for Refusal of a Spousal Sponsorship Application? 

Some common reasons for return of a Parent and Grandparent sponsorship application as incomplete or wholesale refusal are:

  • Failure to provide updated forms or fees.

  • Errors in information submitted.

  • Failure to provide supporting documentation and/or evidence.

  • Failure to meet the financial requirements to sponsor parent.

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