Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship

Parents and Grandparents

The Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship program is one of Canada’s most popular immigration programs. The program permits Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents or grandparents for permanent residence in Canada. The program opens only once a year and there are only limited number of applications that are selected.

To sponsor your parents, one must submit the interest to sponsor form. Then IRCC sends out the invitation to apply to selected candidates. Generally, you have 60 days to submit your application from the date of your invitation.

Who can sponsor their parents & grandparents?

You can sponsor your own parents and grandparents if:

  You’re at least 18 years old.
  You live in Canada.
  You’re a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act.
  You have needed sufficient funds to support the parent you are sponsoring (i.e., LICO + 30% based on the size of your family).

Sponsor your relatives

There is very specific situation where you can sponsor other relatives like a brother, sister, aunt or uncle. There are 2 options for who you can sponsor – depending on your situation:

Orphaned brother, sister, nephew, niece or grandchild

You can sponsor an orphaned brother, sister, nephew, niece or grandchild only if they meet all of these conditions:

  they’re related to you by blood or adoption
  both their mother and father passed away
  they’re under 18 years of age
  they’re single (not married or in a common-law or conjugal relationship)

You can’t sponsor your brother, sister, nephew, niece or grandchild if:

  one of their parents is still alive
  no one knows where their parents are
  their parents abandoned them
  someone else other than their parents is taking care of them while one or both their parents are alive
  their parent is in jail or otherwise detained

Frequently Asked Questions

The Comprehensive Ranking System is a points-based system used to assess and score a candidate's profile to rank them in the Express Entry pool. Points are awarded for factors including age, education, language proficiency in English or French, work experience (both in Canada and internationally), and other factors. The higher the score, the better the chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.