Last year, Canada issued its 50,000th Super Visa. Citizenship and Immigration Canada issues up to 1,200 per month and processes over 80 percent of all applications in less than three months.
The majority of applicants come from China, India, Philippines and Pakistan. The Super Visa program was introduced on December 1, 2011 and boasts an impressive approval rate of 82 percent.
Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens can apply for a Super Visa to visit their family in Canada. The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa is issued for a duration of up to 2 years. Your parents or grandparents must meet certain requirements to qualify for a Super Visa, relating to their home situation, their finances, the purpose of their visit and their intention to return to their country of origin once the visa is expired.
As their child or grandchild, you will be asked to provide a written statement that you are willing to provide them with financial support, and that you meet the government’s minimum income threshold requirement. All applicants will also have to complete an immigration medical exam.
One of the most important requirements to get a Parent or Grandparent Super Visa for Canada is that you have to purchase private medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company that is valid for no less than one year. The insurance has to provide a minimum coverage of $100,000 to cover healthcare, hospitalization and repatriation costs. Visitors will be required to show proof of coverage every time they enter the country.
Certain plans may cover pre-existing conditions provided these are stable for a given period of time. You may be required to fill in a medical questionnaire. The insurance will cover the costs of emergency medical care received from doctors and nurses, the rental or purchase of medical appliances, and the cost of diagnostic tests and of prescription drugs. Hospital rooms, ambulance transportation and repatriation are also covered.
Many Canadian insurers offer an allowance for treatment received from licensed chiropractors, osteopaths, acupuncturists, and more. Some also offer to pay for emergency dental treatment, childcare expenses and additional living expenses resulting from the medical condition. Finally, most policies offer accidental death and dismemberment benefits and coverage for funeral/cremation.
You can always add baggage or trip cancellation coverage to your super visa insurance. Since each insurance company is different, look at the coverage amounts and options available to you before purchasing this insurance.
Ask Begin Insurance about supervisa insurance and the best options for your family. Call 1 (844) 774-6340 now. For more information about obtaining a Super Visa, visit the Government of Canada's Parent and Grandparent Super Visa website at www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/supervisa.asp.