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In 2011, Canada introduced the super visa, which allows parents and grandparents of citizens and permanent Canadian residents to stay in Canada for periods of up to two years without having to reapply. It's a multi-entry visa that lasts up to ten years, depending on the applicant's passport. It's an increasingly popular visa, with more than 89,000 people awarded visas since the program launched, according to immigration.ca. The visas are most popular among citizens from India, while China, Pakistan, the Philippines and Bangladesh round out the top five.
As a requirement of the parent and grandparent super visa, applicants must have proof of Canadian medical insurance coverage for a period of at least one year and for a minimum coverage amount of $100,000 for healthcare, hospitalization and repatriation. This is where visitors to Canada insurance comes in. These policies can be purchased to cover the entire duration of your stay in Canada, so you have nothing to worry about except for spending time with your loved ones and exploring our beautiful country.
Super visa insurance can be confusing. We shed light on some of the most popular insurance questions we receive from visitors to Canada.
Super visa insurance provides medical insurance coverage for parents and grandparents of permanent Canadian citizens and residents. Super visa insurance typically covers:
Some policies may also provide additional insurance for non-emergency medical expenses such as eye exams.
Every policy is different, so be sure to read and compare policies thoroughly before purchasing your super visa insurance, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. Be sure to read the exclusions.
Super visa insurance costs an average of $138 a month, according to InsuranceHotline.com data. This is based on an annual policy averaging $1,660 per year for an individual traveller with $100,000 in coverage and a $1,000 deductible.
Parents or grandparents of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada must obtain valid super visa insurance prior to application in order to be eligible for a super visa.
For more information, check out our blog article on super visa insurance today.
Yes. In order to be eligible for super visa insurance, you must be the parent(s) or grandparent(s) of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. Your child or grandchild must invite you to apply for a super visa, and they must meet the minimum necessary income. For more information on super visa eligibility, visit the Government of Canada’s super visa website.
If this does not describe you, check out Visitors to Canada insurance instead.
Super visa insurance for visitors to Canada costs an average of $1,660 per year, according to InsuranceHotline.com data. This average premium is for individual travellers who have purchased $100,000 in coverage with a $1,000 deductible, the most common type of super visa insurance purchased through our website.
Couples travelling together can find savings. The average cost for two visitors to Canada purchasing super visa insurance together with $100,000 in coverage each and a $1,000 deductible was $2,839 for a year's worth of coverage.
These averages are based on quotes obtained through InsuranceHotline.com between January 1, 2018 and March 13, 2019.
Yes. Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens, people registered under the Indian Act and permanent residents can visit Canada.
There are specific rules for immediate family members, such as parents, spouses, dependent children and guardians travelling by plane, and a different set of rules for extended family members, such as romantic partners, non-dependent children (adults), grandchildren, siblings/half-siblings/step siblings and grandparents.
Whether you’re an immediate or extended family member, you’ll need to show proof of your relationship, as well as proof of status for the person you’re visiting.
To find out which documents are required, and the necessary steps for travelling, see the Government of Canada website.
Yes. If you’re already in Canada and your visitor visa is still valid, you can apply online for a visitor record to extend your stay.
You should submit your application for extension at least 30 days before your current status expires.
To get more information on who can apply, how to apply and what happens after you apply, please see the Government of Canada website.
Yes. As long as you’re in Canada, you must maintain a minimum of $100,000 in insurance coverage.
Even if you only plan on visiting for three months you need insurance coverage for at least one year. But don’t worry - if you only stay three months and don’t make any claims, you will be eligible for a nine-month refund.
Generally speaking, yes. Those purchasing, or who have purchased, a super visa plan will have coverage for COVID-19.
Insurance provides coverage for unexpected and unforeseen medical and dental emergencies, hospitalization, prescription medication and repatriation.
Of course, there might be exemptions or exclusions, so make sure to read the policy and ask your insurer any questions you have before purchasing a policy.
It’s a lot of work moving to a new country, but getting super visa insurance doesn’t have to be. Fill out the quote form and in just a few minutes you’ll be matched with the best super visa insurance rates available. Remember, the quote itself does not make you eligible for a super visa, but obtaining super visa insurance is a mandatory part of the application process.
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