Effective December 1, 2011, parents and grandparents of Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents may apply for a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa to allow for extended visits to Canada for up to two years without having to renew their status.
Parents or Grandparents from visa-exempt countries are still eligible to benefit from the super visa program in order to enjoy a two-year authorized stay in Canada.
Parent and Grandprent Super Visa vs Multiple Entry Visa:
The Super Visa is a multi-entry visa that will provide multiple entries for a period up to ten years. The key difference is that the Super Visa will have status periods for each entry that last up to two years, while the 10-year multiple entry visa status period for each entry is six months.
Applying to extent visa’s from within Canada:
New applications must be done from outside Canada at a designated visa office. However, parents and grandparents who are in Canada on an authorized stay of up to six months may apply for an extension of their status of up to two years by submitting an application, as long as they meet all the criteria for the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa. These applications will be examined on a case-by-case basis. Processing times vary by country.
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