Sponsor your parents and grandparents | Canada

The Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program is currently open, with the 2024 intake starting on May 21, 2024. During this intake, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will randomly select potential sponsors who submitted an “Interest to Sponsor” form in 2020. These selected sponsors will then be invited to submit a full application.

To be eligible to sponsor, you must:

  • You’re invited to apply
  • You’re at least 18 years old above
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Meet the minimum income requirements
  • Agree to provide financial support for your sponsored family members
  • You meet all other requirements the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations

The Benefits of Family Reunification

Sponsoring your parents and grandparents to come to Canada offers several advantages:

  • Bringing your loved ones together to build a life in Canada
  • Allowing your family members to access universal healthcare and other social services
  • Providing a faster path to permanent residence compared to other immigration programs
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The Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program has specific timelines and fees associated with it:

  • Processing times can vary, so it’s important to check current processing times on the IRCC website.

If you aren’t selected during the 2024 intake, your parents and grandparents may still be eligible to apply for a Super Visa. This allows them to visit Canada for up to 5 years at a time, with the option to apply for 2-year extensions while still in the country.

The Undertaking

To become a sponsor, you must sign an undertaking. In the undertaking, you’ll commit to

  • Financially supporting the people you’re sponsoring for a period of time, called the undertaking period.

    • The undertaking period to sponsor your parents and grandparents is 20 years. If you live in Quebec, it’s 10 years.
    • The undertaking period starts the day the people you’re sponsoring become permanent residents.

  • Making sure the people you’re sponsoring won’t need to ask the government for social assistance.

    • If they receive social assistance during the time you’re responsible for them, you’ll have to re-pay the amount. You won’t be able to sponsor anyone else until you’ve re-paid it.

The Sponsorship Agreement

You and the people you’re sponsoring must agree to certain responsibilities during the undertaking period. This is called the sponsorship agreement.

In the sponsorship agreement, you’ll agree to provide for the basic needs of the people you’re sponsoring. These include

  • food, clothing, shelter and other needs for everyday living
  • dental care, eye care and other health needs that aren’t covered by public health services

The people you’re sponsoring will agree to make every effort to support themselves and their family members.

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