The Super Visa is a special type of visa available to parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents. It allows them to visit and stay in Canada for an extended period of time. Here is an overview of the Super Visa application process:
1. Eligibility: To be eligible for the Super Visa, you must meet certain criteria. This includes being the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, having a signed letter of invitation from your child or grandchild, having a minimum income threshold, obtaining private medical insurance coverage, and undergoing a medical examination.
2. Gather Documents: Prepare the necessary documents for your Super Visa application. This typically includes a completed application form, valid passport, proof of relationship to the Canadian citizen or permanent resident, letter of invitation, proof of financial support from your child or grandchild, proof of private medical insurance, and the results of your medical examination.
3. Complete the Application: Fill out the Super Visa application form (IMM 5257) accurately and completely. Ensure that you include all the required information and supporting documents.
4. Pay the Fees: Pay the application fee and the biometric fee (if applicable). The fees are subject to change, so it's important to check the latest fee schedule on the official Canadian government website or with the appropriate visa application center.
5. Submit the Application: Submit your completed application along with the supporting documents and fees. You can submit the application online or in person at the designated visa application center or visa office.
6. Wait for Processing: After submitting your application, you will need to wait for it to be processed. The processing time can vary, so it's advisable to check the current processing times on the official Canadian government website or with the visa application center.
7. Attend Biometrics Appointment (if required): Depending on your nationality, you may be required to provide biometric information, including fingerprints and a photograph. If needed, you will receive instructions on how to schedule a biometrics appointment.
8. Receive a Decision: Once your application is processed, you will receive a decision on your Super Visa application. If approved, you will receive a letter of introduction that allows you to travel to Canada.
9. Obtain Super Visa and Travel to Canada: Once you have received the letter of introduction, you can apply for the actual Super Visa. This is done at a visa office outside of Canada. You will need to provide your passport, the letter of introduction, and any other requested documents. If approved, the Super Visa will be affixed to your passport, and you can then travel to Canada.
It's important to note that the Super Visa allows for multiple entries and allows you to stay in Canada for up to 2 years per visit. The visa is valid for a period of up to 10 years. However, you must ensure that you comply with the terms and conditions of the Super Visa, including maintaining valid medical insurance coverage.
For more detailed and up-to-date information on the Super Visa application process, it is recommended to visit the official website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or consult with an immigration lawyer or a qualified immigration professional.