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This country will allow Super Visa holders to stay 5 years per entrance

In a recent announcement, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), made significant changes to the Parents and Grandparents Super Visa.

From and including July 4, 2022:

  • Super Visa holders will be allowed to stay in Canada for a total of five years after entering the country.

  • Current Super Visa holders can apply for a two-year extension of their stay in Canada. Current holders of the Super Visa can extend their stay in Canada by up to seven years.

  • To ensure that future applicants for Canada's Super Visa have access to medical care, the country's Immigration Minister will be able to choose specific foreign insurance providers.

A visitor to Canada with a Super Visa can stay for up to two years after each entry. The Super Visa can be used for multiple entries during a 10-year period.

At the present time, only Canadian insurance companies are able to provide mandatory medical coverage for Super Visa applicants. The Canadian government's immigration, refugee, and citizenship service (IRCC) has promised to release more information at a later time.

Canadian Conservative Party MP Kyle Seeback introduced the original version of these changes as Bill C-242.

Approximately 17,000 Super Visas are issued annually by the Canadian government, as reported by IRCC.

Super Visa is an option for the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). The PGP offers permanent residency, but demand to sponsor exceeds available spots. IRCC receives 200,000 sponsorship requests per year but gives 20,000 PGP slots. In recent years, IRCC has temporarily opened PGP expression of interest windows and performed lotteries to invite permanent residence applications. IRCC told CIC News last week it has no update on PGP 2022 plans.

The Super Visa is offered to persons who pass a medical exam and have authorized private health insurance. Super Visa holders can seek emergency care in Canada without Canadian taxpayers paying. Host children or grandkids must meet IRCC's income minimums.

Families, in Canada, are considered to be the backbone of the country. Canadian Immigration Minister Sean Fraser remarked, "The enhancements to the super visa program allow family members to reunite for longer in Canada, which helps everyday Canadian citizens and permanent residents succeed and contribute to society, while also affording their parents and grandparents invaluable opportunities to spend time with their family in Canada."


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