The SuperVisa: Obtaining Permanent Residency for Family Members

The sting of isolation is a familiar feeling to the lone worker who toils away incessantly, far, far away from his loved ones. However, now employment in Canada comes with the auxiliary perk of permanent residency for close relatives.

Through the Canadian Family Sponsorship program, it is now possible for the parents and grandparents of a Canadian employed individual to immigrate into Canada, and obtain Permanent Residency.

The Parent and Grandparent SuperVisa

The SuperVisa allows the parents and the grandparents of Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents to reside in Canada for as long as two years now, without repeatedly renewing it; a collective sigh of relief for a number of workers here.

The SuperVisa is a savior of sorts, as this visa remains legitimate for up to ten years, with periodical immigration and emigration having become a possibility, therefore catering to the requirements of the whimsical old parents and even the older generation of grandparents.

Applicant Eligibility

As aforementioned, the parents and grandparents of Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible for the SuperVisa. These SuperVisas cannot be rejected stating reasons of health and security, but it might be expected of the applicants to meet certain terms set forth by the visa office.

However, it is important to note that dependents are not included in the SuperVisa.

What is TRV and which countries are exempt under this rule?

Although the SuperVisa is ideal for the comings and goings of those who used to go through the annoyance of regularly applying for a TRV (Temporary Residence Visa), there are a few countries that are exempt from this rule.

However, those from TRV-exempt countries can apply using the same process, and by order of the CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada), they will receive a letter that authorizes their visits to Canada for a period of two years at a time.

The Application Process

The application process of the SuperVisa is similar to that of the TRV (Temporary Residence Visa), only with the requirement of additional documentation to prove relation with a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, and income details to assure the applicants have adequate support while they spend their time in Canada. The requirements in detail are:

  • An invitation letter from the child or grandchild who is a Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Documented proof of the child’s or grandchild’s income
  • Documented proof of the relationship between the applicant and Citizen or Permanent Resident, for example, a birth certificate
  • Documented proof of at least an year of medical insurance with a Canadian insurance company.

The income of the Citizen or Permanent Resident involved has to meet the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO), of which details are given below:

  • For a family unit the size of one person, the minimum necessary income is $ 24,600.
  • For a family unit the size of two, the minimum necessary income is $ 30,625.
  • For a family unit the size of three, the minimum necessary income is $ 37,650.
  • For a family unit the size of four, the minimum necessary income is $ 45,712.
  • For a family unit the size of five, the minimum necessary income is $ 51,846.
  • For a family unit the size of six, the minimum necessary income is $ 58,473.
  • For a family unit the size of seven, the minimum necessary income is $ 65,101.
  • For every additional person after seven, the minimum necessary income is increased by $ 6,628.

The application process will take place at the Canadian visa office in the applicant’s resident area, and depending on the office, additional documentation may be required.

The application will be assessed on the basis of a number of factors like family ties, finances, purpose of visit and connections to the applicant’s home country. Applicants will also undergo a medical examination for which instructions will be issued at the time of submission.

The SuperVisa is the path to a hassle-free vacation with your loved ones, so head over and surprise your child or grandchild now!