What is a Super Visa?

It is a new visa for parents and grandparents who want to visit their families in Canada for longer periods without having to renew their status.

  • It allows holders to remain in Canada for up to 24 months at a time
  • It allows multiple entries over a span of up to 10 years
  • It is expected to be issued within eight weeks of application

Applicants are required to purchase private Canadian medical insurance valid for at least one year.

Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Super Visa FAQs

What are some important tips to know about the The New Super Visa plan?

Prior to obtaining a VISA with immigration, applicants are now required to show they have an insurance policy.  It is therefore important to purchase a Travel Emergency plan for the applicant before they even apply for a Visitors Visa here in Canada.

  • If the Super Visa is denied, your premium is 100% refundable.
  • To reduce the cost of premiums, you can choose from these deductible options: $500, $1,000, $2,500 or $5,000.
  • Annual premiums must be paid in full with the VTC – (Visitor to Canada) application. Monthly payments are not accepted.
  • You can now purchase VTC Travel Insurance 365 days in advance of the effective date.
  • If you choose Plan B (coverage for pre-existing medical conditions), you will need to answer eligibility questions. It is extremely important that you answer these questions as accurately as possible to avoid any claims being denied. If you are unsure of your family members medical history, advise them to visit their physician to help them fill out the questionnaire.
  • If your family member has a medical emergency during their stay in Canada, they must call the assistance centre (the toll-free number is on their wallet card). If they do not call the assistance centre, they will have to pay 25% of the eligible medical expenses.
  • If the policy holder wishes to return to their home country for a short time during their period of coverage, they could do so under the Trip Break benefit. Their coverage will be suspended when they return home and reinstated when they return to Canada.