Canada super visa changes to benefit Indians the most
Toronto: Canada is extending the length of time parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents can stay in the country under the super visa program.
In a news release on Tuesday, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said beginning July 4, super visa holders will be able to stay in Canada for five years, with an option to extend two more years while in the country.
Previously, parents and grandparents with a super visa were only allowed to visit family in Canada for no longer than two years at a time. The super visa is valid for a period of 10 years and allows multiple entries.
Going forward, international medical insurance companies will be able to provide coverage to super visa applicants, IRCC said. Currently, applicants can only use Canadian providers.
“Families are at the heart of Canadian society,” said Immigration Minister Sean Fraser in a statement announcing the changes. “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 affording their parents and grandparents invaluable opportunities to spend time with their family in Canada,” he said.