If you have children and grandchildren living abroad, you want to visit them from time to time. However, the sheer volume of paperwork and approvals means you are limited to one or at most two visits.

In December 2011, the Canadian government introduced a new insurance plan called theĀ Super Visa Insurance. It covers unexpected medical expenses while you are in Canada. It also pays if you get sick on a secondary trip, if the majority of the time is spent in Canada. With a 10-year validity, there is less hassle in planning a trip to Canada. You can visit the country for a maximum of 2 years per visit without having to renew your status during those 10 years. It allows multiple entries into the country. Super Visa insurance covers you for a minimum amount of $100,000. Insurance benefits include hospitalization, health care and repatriation. This is an individual visa application; it does not include your dependents.

Each visa and insurance plan has its own requirements, so if you wish to apply, here is more information on eligibility criteria and procedures.

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Are you eligible?

The first major criterion for Super Visa insurance is that you must be a parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. The second major criteria for the visa is insurance. The applicant must have private medical insurance from a Canadian company for at least one year. The applicant will need to provide proof of this in order to be approved.

At the time of application, you will also need to provide a copy of the letter of invitation from the parent inviting you to Canada. This letter specifies the number of people in the household and details of the plan of care during your stay. In addition, the applicant must provide documentation that their children or grandchildren meet the minimum income threshold and will provide all necessary financial support while you are in Canada.

What to do after the application?

If you meet all of the above criteria, you must submit your application with the required documents. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) processes the documents after reviewing them.

Once your application has been approved by CIC, it is given to the Visa Officer. The Visa Officer will decide if he or she wishes to interview you and the program. You will be informed of the time, place and date.

The visa office may ask you to undergo a medical examination before entering Canada. The visa officer will provide you with all instructions and guidelines, including how and where the medical examination will be conducted. The medical examination usually delays the approval process, as the visa office waits for the results before proceeding. Another document you may be asked to provide is a police certificate.

Once the super visa insurance is approved, your passport will be stamped and all your original documents will be returned to you. If your application is not approved, it will be returned to you with a letter of explanation.

If you would like assistance with your Super Visa application, you can visit the following link. They can help you process your application faster, ensuring that there are fewer hurdles in the approval process.