Parents and grandparents Sponsorships

This is a program to sponsor your parents and grandparents to become permanent residents of Canada.

This program is currently not accepting new applications. Starting May 21, 2024, IRCC will randomly invite potential sponsors who submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2020 to apply for the 2024 intake. 

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Eligibility as a sponsor

As a sponsor, you make a commitment to provide support to the individuals you're sponsoring, which includes your parents, grandparents, and their accompanying family members if applicable, for a specified duration, even if your circumstances change.

To become a sponsor, you must sign both an undertaking and a sponsorship agreement.

The undertaking entails pledging to:
Financially support the sponsored individuals throughout the undertaking period, which lasts for 20 years for parents and grandparents sponsorship, or 10 years if you reside in Quebec. This period begins on the day the sponsored individuals attain permanent residency.

Ensure that the sponsored individuals do not rely on government social assistance during this time.

In case they do receive social assistance while under your responsibility, you are obligated to reimburse the amount. Moreover, you won't be eligible to sponsor anyone else until this repayment is made.

Once your sponsored family members achieve permanent residency status, the undertaking period cannot be canceled or shortened.

Who can Sponsor their parents or grandparents?

Biological or adopted parents and grandparents can be sponsored under the following conditions:

  1. You've received an invitation to apply.
  2. You are at least 18 years old.
  3. You reside in Canada, with your primary residential address being in Canada at the time of application submission and until a decision is made on your application.
  4. You are a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act.
  5. You possess sufficient financial resources to support the individuals you intend to sponsor. This entails providing proof of income and depends on the family size.
  6. If needed, you may have a spouse or common-law partner co-sign the application to combine incomes.
  7. You satisfy all other requirements stipulated under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.
  8. Additionally, you must commit to supporting the individuals you're sponsoring by signing a sponsorship agreement known as an undertaking.

Who can be sponsored and who cannot ? 

You can sponsor: 

  1. Your own parents and grandparents, related by blood or adoption
  2. The dependent children of your parents and grandparents (for example, your siblings, half-siblings, or step-siblings) and their dependent children
  3. If your parents or grandparents are divorced, their current spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner

You cannot sponsor: 

  1. You cannot sponsor: your spouse or common-law partner’s parents and grandparents (your in-laws).
  2. However, if your spouse or partner receives their own invitation to apply, you can be a co-signer on your in-laws’ application.
  3. You can’t transfer your invitation to another person, including your spouse or partner, for them to sponsor their parents and grandparents.
  4. Sponsorship is not possible for someone who is deemed inadmissible to Canada, meaning they are not allowed to enter the country.

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