On May 2, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) implemented a revision to the minimum required income for Super Visa applications. As per the new guidelines, the minimum income requirement has experienced an increase of 3.33% from the previous year. The Super Visa is a multi-entry visa that provides multiple entries for a period up to 10 years, allowing visa holders to remain in Canada for up to two years on initial entry into Canada, and it is extendable by another two years on each subsequent entry.
The Super Visa provides a unique opportunity for Canadian permanent residents and citizens to invite their parents and grandparents for an extended stay in the country. Unlike the traditional visitor visa which typically has a six-month limit, the Super Visa provides a longer duration of stay, making it an ideal choice for families who wish to spend more time together.
With the recent revisions, the minimum required income for a single-person family unit has been set at C$27,514. For a two-person family unit, the income requirement has been increased to C$34,254. The income of the host in Canada is a significant factor in the Super Visa application process, as it is intended to ensure that the host is capable of supporting the visiting family members during their stay in Canada.
The income table provided by the IRCC is based on the Low Income Cut-offs (LICO) plus 30%. IRCC updates these requirements annually, and it is important to review the latest guidelines before applying for a Super Visa. It is also worth noting that the size of the family unit includes the inviting party in Canada, their spouse or common-law partner, their dependent children, and the number of parents or grandparents who will be sponsored.
The process of applying for a Super Visa involves several steps. Firstly, applicants need to be eligible, which includes being the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Additionally, they must be found admissible to Canada and meet certain other conditions. Among these conditions, applicants must provide a written commitment of financial support from their child or grandchild in Canada, have valid Canadian medical insurance coverage for at least one year, and complete an Immigration Medical Examination.
As we navigate these changes in the immigration landscape, it is essential to stay informed about the latest rules and regulations. At Mesidor Canadian Immigration Services, we strive to provide up-to-date information and guidance on the various immigration pathways and processes. If you have questions or need assistance with your Super Visa application or any other immigration matters, we invite you to reach out to us. Our team of immigration professionals is ready to assist you with personalized advice and strategies tailored to your unique situation.