Canada's super visa program allows parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada an opportunity to visit loved ones for up to two years at a time. The program, launched in December 2011, provides "super visas" that are valid for up to 10 years as long as applicants meet the Super Visa minimum requirements. The host child or grandchild must meet a minimum income level, the applicant must undergo a medical examination, and the applicant must provide proof that they have purchased comprehensive Canadian medical insurance.
How does a super visa differ from a visitor visa?
A visitor visa allows visitors to come to Canada for up to six months from the time of entry. After that, they must apply for an extension if they wish to stay longer and pay an extra fee. The super visa allows relatives to stay in Canada for up to two years at a time without renewing their status. It also requires applicants to purchase Canadian medical insurance.
Numerous companies offer private health insurance to super visa applicants, and many of the leading providers are featured through Kanetix.ca's super visa health insurance comparison tool.
There are a few things you should keep in mind when looking for a super visa health insurance policy.