IRCC has recently announced the changes in Medical Insurance for Super Visa applicants.
The applicants must have the a private Medical Insurance that meets the below mentioned criteria to be eligible for Super Visa:
- It covers the applicant for health care, hospitalization, and repatriation;
- It provides a minimum of $100,000 emergency coverage; and
- It is valid for a minimum of 1 year from the date of entry into Canada and is available upon review by a border services officer upon request during re-entry into Canada.
Previously the applicants have been allowed to pay insurance in monthly instalments. In August, IRCC anounced that it would require annual up-front payments. The Payments would average at $1,500 for a 65-year-old and can be higher for older individuals.
In the result of announcement, people started arguing that it would become financial burden on them to make payment upfront for an entire year. Additionally, many applicants planning to reunite with their families would became unable to apply beacause they were not able to pay medical coverage upfront.
In December, IRCC had reversed the August policy & again made the applicants pay insurance in monthly instalments.
Canada Super Visa:
Super Visa allows the PR’s residents & citizens of Canada to bring their parents & grandparents in the country for upto five consecutive years without having to renew their visitor visa status. Super Visa holders can enter Canada multiple times for up to 10 years.
Super Visa is basically an alternative to Canada’s PGP, Parents & Grandparents Program. The number of slots available for PGP are limited & IRCC holds lotteries for these programs.
Super Visa is comparatively easier for the applicants. There is no lottery system for this visa & its application process takes few months, whereas application process for PGP takes years.
Eligiblity for Super Visa:
- Have a signed letter from your child or grandchild inviting you to Canada;
- Provide documents that can prove the child or grandchild meets the Low-Income Cut-Off (LICO) minimum;
- Have proof of parental relationship with child and grandchild, such as a birth certificate; and
- Have proof of medical insurance coverage.
An applicant may not be eligible if they are inadmissible to Canada based on criminality or medical issues.
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