The Super visa allows parents and grandparents of Canadian residents multiple entries into Canada for up to 5 years at a time, over a period of 10 years. The visa is part of the IRCC’s family reunification plans for thousands of economic migrants who play a crucial role in Canada’s economy. Its growing popularity has prompted the IRCC to introduce many favourable changes in recent years, including extending the initial limit of stay to 5 years.
The Super visa caters exclusively to parents and grandparents with children or grandchildren in Canada. Thus, applicants are required to meet some specific requirements including furnishing proof of their relation to the sponsor in Canada, meet financial obligations, have medical insurance and an invitation letter from their Canadian host.
What is an invitation letter?
The invitation letter is a mandatory component of any Super visa application. It is written by the Canadian host (child or grandchild) and must be used by the invitee when submitting their application.
What should be included in an Invitation letter?
The IRCC guidelines suggest that the host must include such information about the person they’re inviting, including:
- Their complete name
- Date of birth
- Address and telephone number
- Their relationship with the invitee
- The purpose of the trip
- The duration of the stay
- Where they’ll stay, how they will pay for things and
- When they plan to leave Canada
The host should also include his own information, including:
- Their complete name
- Date of birth
- Address and telephone number in Canada
- Job title
- Specify whether they are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with documents as proof.
- Details of family, with spouses and dependents’ names and date of birth.
- The total number of people in the household.
The host must also provide a written and signed promise to financially support the visiting parent or grandparent during their stay in Canada.
The host must also prove that their income is above the low-income cut-off (LICO) for the total number of people, including the visiting parent or grandparents.
Sample of a Super visa invitation letter
A strong invitation letter is the hallmark of a compelling Super visa application. Here we share a sample of what a basic invitation letter should look like.
I am submitting a Letter of Invitation to support the Super Visa application of my parent/ grandparent.
This letter of Invitation contains all the details of this proposed visit with the assurance that my parent/ grandparent intends to return home to ___ in accordance with visa regulations.
I am extending this Invitation to my parent/ grandparent for a period of _ months from the _ to the _ of 2023.
My parent/ grandparent currently resides in _. He is an upright member of society and runs a local charitable organization back home(proof attached). The sole purpose of his visit is to be there for his grandkid’s upcoming birthday on the __.
I can assure you that the visit is temporary and that my parent/ grandparent will return at the end of this period. He has prior commitments in ___, including a business, property, and family. I have attached a copy of his properties, finances and previous travel history as proof.
As for me, I have resided in Canada for _ years. I am happily married and live with my wife and two daughters in _, -details attached.
I am employed by __ as a __. The nature of my employment and income details are attached to this letter. Suffice to say, I meet the Low-income cut-offs and am in a fortunate position where I can cover all expenses that my parent/grandparent will require during his stay.
My parent/grandparent’s sole wish is to see his grandkids, whom he has never met in person. Kindly consider our request and help us fulfill our dreams of a small reunion in Canada.
A Final Word
The Sample should give you a brief idea about Invitation letters. It is on you- the sponsor, to build a strong case for your application with the help of personal details, background, and proof. Provide clear information that can be easily accessed, and avoid confusing elements. Share personal accounts and establish the connection between you and the parent/ grandparent applying for the Super visa. It helps to provide any and all additional proof to support the legitimacy of your application.