As you may have heard, on November 4 Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced phase 1 of an action plan for faster family reunification. Part of the plan includes a new Parent and Grandparent Super Visa. Designed to be issued quickly and valid for 10 years, this new multiple-entry visa is one step the Citizenship and Immigration Canada is taking to help clear up the backlog of permanent residency applications from parents and grandparents of Canadian residents.
When applying for a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, applicants will be required to obtain private Canadian healthcare insurance for at least 365 days and for no less than $100,000 of coverage. As a result of this prerequisite, beginning December 19, the GMS Immigrants & Visitors to Canada plan will be ready to accommodate Super Visa requirements.
In order to satisfy the Super Visa proof of medical insurance requirement, the Immigrants & Visitors plan will be expanded to offer 365 days of coverage to applicants age 55 and over. Plus, the policy wording will be updated to allow for the requirement that healthcare insurance be continuous throughout the 365 days—regardless of the number of times a parent or grandparent returns to their home country. Other minor updates to the policy wording will also be made to accommodate Super Visa applicants. Rates will not be affected by these changes so the rates published in the existing Immigrants & Visitors to Canada brochure can be used to provide a quote.
On December 19th, the GMS online rate estimator will begin providing quotes for 365 days of Immigrants & Visitors coverage for applicants age 55 and over. In addition, the online Immigrants & Visitors application will be updated to include a “Super Visa” option under the “Visitors to Canada Plan” section. To purchase a plan, simply log into the GMS website and click on the “Immigrants & Visitors” link on the left-hand side of the screen.
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Original Post – December 13, 2011