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Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced Phase I of an action plan for faster family reunification.
As part of this Action Plan, the government of Canada introduced the new “Parent and Grandparent Super Visa,” which came into effect on December 1, 2011 and will be valid for up to 10 years.
The multiple-entry visa will allow an applicant to remain in Canada for up to 24 months at a time without the need for renewal of their status and CIC will be able to issue the visas, on average, within eight weeks of the application. This means that instead of waiting for eight years, a parent or a grandparent can come to Canada within eight weeks.
When applying for a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, applicants will be required to obtain private Canadian healthcare insurance for their stay in Canada.
This Super Visa insurance is a major requirement and you will need to submit proof that you have bought and paid for coverage of $100,000 for 365 days to cover the high costs that can be associated with unexpected accident or sickness while in Canada.
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The cost of 365 days of coverage may be financially difficult for the applicant and/or the sponsor. To reduce up-front costs, consider the following:
- The highest possible deductible. The deductible is the amount of expense that must be paid out of your pocket before an insurer will pay any expense. Typically the higher the deductible, the lower the premium, and vice versa.
- Waive the coverage for pre-existing conditions to temporarily reduce premium but still satisfy the requirements of the Super Visa application. Once the Super Visa is issued and PRIOR to the policy taking effect, you can apply to buy-back the deductible at a lower amount and upgrade to pre-existing conditions coverage.
If the Super Visa application is eventually declined, you have at least minimized the amount of premium you have had to put forward so far in advance.