As we work to recover from the pandemic, the Government of Canada continues to prioritize family reunification so that we can attract, retain and integrate immigrants who contribute to the success of our country.


Today, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced enhancements to Canada’s super visa program. These enhancements will make it easier for Canadians to reunite with their parents and grandparents in Canada and will allow super visa holders to stay for a longer period of time.


These changes, which come into force on July 4, 2022, will increase the length of stay for super visa holders to 5 years per entry into Canada


People who have a super visa also have the option to request to extend their stay by up to 2 years at a time while in Canada.


The changes will also allow the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to designate international medical insurance companies to provide coverage to super visa applicants in the future.


Currently, only Canadian insurance providers can provide the necessary medical coverage that super visa applicants are required to have. 


Information about any designated medical insurance companies located outside of Canada will be communicated on IRCC’s website at a later date.


PS: Each year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada issues approximately 17,000 super visas.