Super visa for parents and grandparents: the alternative for bringing family members to Canada

Citizens and permanent residents of Canada who have been unable to bring their family members here by Parents and Grandparents Program should consider the backup option of a Parents and Grandparents Super Visa.

The Canadian Parents and Grandparents Program – which offers permanent residency to qualified applicants – is very popular and operates through a lottery system.

However, the last window to submit an “Interest to Sponsor” form came in 2020, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently said it was still processing requests for Invitations to Apply from such applicants.


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IRCC officials do not know when a new window will open to submit the form to express interest in bringing family members to Canada.

The lack of certainty surrounding the Parents and Grandparents Program has many people considering the Parents and Grandparents Super Visa.

This 10-year multiple-entry visa can be used to bring family members here on temporary status, while efforts to gain permanent residency are underway.

Super visa holders can stay in Canada for periods of up to two years. In comparison, a regular visitor visa is usually valid for up to six months.

Parents and Grandparents Super Visa: Requirements

The parent or grandparent must:

  • Demonstrate that he is the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Obtain medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company valid for at least one year, providing minimum coverage of $100,000 for health care, hospitalization and repatriation;
  • Pass a medical examination.

The parent’s or grandparent’s family member in Canada must:

  • Demonstrate that he is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Provide the applicant with an invitation letter. This is a letter that provides information about the applicant’s planned visit, the occupation of the child or grandchild, and the economic situation in Canada. Most importantly, this letter must include a written and signed promise of financial support to the applicant for the duration of their visit;
  • Demonstrate that his income is greater than one predetermined minimum level.

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Immigration Levels Plan for the Parents and Grandparents Program

The annual number of immigrants to Canada through the Parents and Grandparents Program is expected to increase by more than a third over the next three years.

Ottawa’s latest immigration levels plan targets 25,000 newcomers under the program in 2022, 28,500 in 2023 and 32,000 in 2024.

This represents a 36% increase over the 2021 goal of 23,500 PGP newcomers.



The increases are an encouraging sign for those wishing to bring family members to Canada through this very popular program. However, in the meantime, the more expedient option is the Parents and Grandparents Super Visa.

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