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Parental and Grandparental Sponsorship Visa

Canada promotes the concept of uniting families. To establish the same, the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to bring their parents and grandparents to the maple leaf country through one of its two popular immigration programs - Family Class Parental and Grandparental Sponsorship program and Super Visa program.

Please note: The applications under Family Class Parental and Grandparental Sponsorship program will be accepted as of January 04, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. EST. There is a cap on the number of applications that will be accepted and any applications received before this date shall not be accepted.

Parents and grandparents wanting to joint their children and grandchildren in Canada must apply under the Family Class Parental and Grandparental Sponsorship program or Super Visa program. Successful applicants will receive permanent residence in Canada and become eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship four years thereafter.

In order to be eligible for Family Class Parental and Grandparental sponsorship visa, a Canadian sponsor must meet the below mentioned requirements:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada,
  • Be 18 years of age or above;
  • Must exceed the minimum necessary income level (LICO- Low income cut off as per family size) set by Citizenship and Immigration Canada for this program. If you are in a common-law relationship or married, the income of both the partners (Co-signer)can be included,
  • The sponsored relative and sponsor must get into a written and duly signed sponsorship agreement that commits the sponsor to provide financial support to the sponsored relative. The agreement also states that the sponsored person on becoming a permanent resident will make every effort to support himself/herself. Residents of Quebec must sign an “undertaking” with the province — a contract binding the sponsorship,
  • The sponsor must commit to provide financial assistance to the sponsored relative for a period of 20 years. The time period shall begin on the date the sponsored relative gains permanent residency in Canada.

Canadian sponsors must prove that they meet the minimum income requirements and submit notices of assessment which is issued by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) to support their sponsorship. They must also showcase that they have met the minimum necessary income level for past three consecutive years (LICO- Low income cut off as per family size).

Super Visa Program

Apart from the Family Class Parental and Grandparental Sponsorship program, citizens and permanent residents of Canada can also bring their parents/grandparents to the Canadian state through Super Visa program. While this program does not guarantee permanent residence but certainly it allows parents and grandparents to come to Canada for a prolonged period as long-term visitors. Successful Super Visa applicants shall receive multiple-entry visitor visas which are valid for a period up to 10 years.

Unlike the standard Canadian visitor visas, that must be renewed every six months, this program comes with a validity of two years at a time.

In order to be eligible under this category, parents and grandparents must meet the standard requirements. Additionally, they must:

  • furnish a written commitment of financial assistance from their children or grandchild residing in Canada,
  • have a sponsor in Canada who successfully meets the minimum income requirements,
  • prove that they have bought a Canadian health insurance for minimum one year, and
  • complete a mandatory immigration medical exam.

Depending on the nationality, parents and/or grandparents may require a Temporary Resident Visa along with a Super Visa.

Processing Times

One of the main advantages of applying under a Family Class Parental and Grandparental Sponsorship program and Super Visa program is that they have a short processing time of approximately 8-10 weeks. However, processing times are subject to extensions in case of incomplete form submission or longer verification times and such circumstances. For those planning to apply under Parental and Grandparental Sponsorship program must apply at least 10 weeks prior to their intended date of travel.

Getting a Head Start

Applying for a visa can be a tedious task. Take the help of a professional consultant like WWICS for easily acquiring a visa to Canada. Housing a team of professional experts with years of experience in the field of global resettlement procedures, visa processes and provincial nominee programs, our experts will guide you through the entire immigration process, inform you about the Canadian processing times and help reunite with your family in Canada in the shortest possible time.



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Q1. How does the Parental and Grandparental Super Visa differ from a regular Visitor Visa?

Most visitors coming Canada are allowed to stay in Canada up to a period of six months when they first enter the boundaries of Canada. Visitors who wish to stay in Canada for a longer period are required to apply for an extension and pay a new fee. With the Parental and Grandparental Super Visa, the visitors can visit their family in Canada for up to two years without the need to renew them.

Q2. Is the Parental and Grandparental sponsorship Super Visa a multi-entry visa?

Yes, it is a multi-entry visa and allows the bearer to enter the Canadian state multiple times for up to 10 years.

Q3. What is the difference between the Parental and Grandparental Super Visa and the 10-year multiple entry visa?

The main difference between the two is that super visa allows the bearer multiple entries lasting up to 2 years, while those travelling on a 10-year multiple-entry visa are allowed to stay in Canada only for up to six months per entry.

Q4. What factors are taken into consideration by the Visa officials while deciding whether an applicant is admissible or not?

Visa officers consider a number of factors before deciding whether an applicant is admissible or not. The officer must believe that the applicant is a genuine visitor to Canada who shall leave the Canadian state that the end of his/her period of visit. Among the many things an officer might consider, some of them are as following:

  • the applicant’s ties to his/her native country,
  • the purpose of his/her visit,
  • the applicant’s financial situation and family,
  • the overall political and economic stability of the applicant’s native nation, and
  • an invitation from the Canadian host.

Q5. I need to calculate the family size when applying for the Parental and Grandparental sponsorship visa. Who can be included?

When applying for a Parental and Grandparental sponsorship visa, you can include the below listed people when calculating the family size:-

  • yourself,
  • the child/grandchild who are inviting you,
  • the spouse of the child/grandchild who are inviting you;
  • any dependant(s) who are travelling with you;
  • any other person whom your inviting sponsor is currently sponsoring or co-signing for.

Q6. It is possible to cancel my Parental and Grandparental sponsorship application and apply for a Super Visa instead?

Yes, you have the liberty to withdraw your sponsorship application at any time and apply for a super visa instead.

Q7. What documents are required by the applicant to file a case?

Some mandatory documents that need to be furnished are as follows:-

  • a written declaration of financial assistance from their child/grandchild in Canada who meets the minimum income mark,
  • prove evidence that they have purchased Canadian medical insurance for a minimum period of one year to cover the period of time they intend to stay in Canada, and
  • complete an immigration medical exam

Q8. Can a sponsor purchase a policy for his/her family members planning to visit him/her in Canada?

Yes. Anyone can purchase a visitor’s insurance policy on behalf of someone coming to Canada.

Q9. What do you mean by “Essential Needs"?

A sponsor must undertake to provide the sponsored person with:

  • food, shelter, clothing and other basic necessities of everyday living, and
  • eye care, dental and other health needs which are not covered by public health services available to all citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

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