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Posted by maxxlife on September 17,2018

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Super Visa: By the Numbers

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has come a long way since they began the ever popular program in 2011.

The super visa program was created as an alternative to the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship program (PGP), which is as of February 1, 2018 not accepting further applications; there are forms to fill out to express interest in the PGP, but sponsors are selected at random and the CIC is not accepting submissions for 2018.

Thanks to the creation of the super visa program, approximately 90,000 people as of late 2017 have attained access to multi-entry visas that allow permission to enter Canada for up to 10 years

Minimum Income Required For Super Visa (Effective from January 1 to December 31, 2018)

Size of Family Unit Minimum Necessary Income
1 Person (your child or grandchild) $24,949
2 Persons $31,061
3 Persons $38,185
4 Persons $46,362
5 Persons $52,583
6 Persons $59,304
7 Persons $66,027
More Than 7 Persons, For each additional person, add $6,723


40 percent of those visas have come from India, while most other super visas have been issued to residents and citizens of several Asian countries, including China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Philippines

The numbers break down like this:

India: 35,761
China: 16,651
Pakistan: 5,047
Philippines: 5,326
Bangladesh: 2,234
Sri Lanka: 1,867
Iran: 1,632
Vietnam: 1,524
Nepal: 1,279
Russia: 1,036
In All, 2012 to 2017: 88,891

The introduction of the super visa program is considered a vast success in several aspects, including cutting down on wait time for applicants and giving parents and grandparents of citizens or permanent residents in Canada the opportunity to have extended stays with their loved ones.

Let’s put it this way. The super visa does have its limits, as you’ve seen illustrated in previous posts. You can’t work in Canada under a super visa as you are considered a visitor. You do not have access to Canada’s public health insurance while living here under a super visa. The super visa, though it does allow for an extended period of time, is temporary.

While the PGP allows for applicants to eventually work in Canada, it is a permanent resident program and will eventually allow applicants access to health care, consider the back log. CIC officials are, as of late 2017, still working on applications submitted in 2014, whereas you can have a super visa fully processed in 8 to 10 weeks!

You can clearly see how super visas can be a godsend to parents and grandparents of citizens and permanent residents now!

When you do apply for a super visa, you will need super visa health insurance, and that’s where we come in. Maxxlife is a Canadian insurance brokerage specializing in several types of insurance, including super visa health.

Contact us online at or call us up at 1-855-846-2524 for your free, no obligation quote! With Maxxlife Financial Inc, maximize your happiness!