PARENT & GRANDPARENT SPONSORSHIP

Sponsor your parent or grandparent and reunite as a family in Canada

NOTE: The parent/grandparent sponsorship program (PGP) has been closed since January 2019.

What is the Definition of Parent and Grandparent?

Parents and grandparents are defined by blood relation or adoption, and they must be the principal applicant named in the permanent residency application.

A stepparent can be sponsored as a dependent of the principal applicant, and a child of the parents being sponsored (i.e. the sponsor’s brother/sister) would have to be a dependent child to be included in the application.

Who Can Sponsor their Parents and Grandparents?

Sponsorship is limited to permanent residents and Canadian citizens over 18 years old, and subject to other limitations, both financial and security (i.e. no criminal history) based.

Financial Requirement

Unlike some other sponsorship routes, sponsoring a parent or grandparent requires meeting financial requirements.

A sponsor must meet a minimum income threshold for the last 3 taxation years before the application is submitted. This threshold changes from year to year, due to inflation, and is larger the more individuals are being sponsored.

Responsibilities as a Sponsor

A sponsor must also sign an undertaking to provide the parents/grandparents being sponsored financial support for 20 years after they receive PR status and to repay any money they receive for social assistance. This undertaking also requires you to cover their expenses, such as non-government health, dental, and prescription costs.

Parents and grandparents are defined by blood relation or adoption, and they must be the principal applicant named in the permanent residency application. A stepparent can be sponsored as a dependent of the principal applicant, and a child of the parents being sponsored (i.e. the sponsor’s brother/sister) would have to be a dependent child to be included in the application.

Application Process

Due to the popularity of the program, IRCC limits applications to those who have first received an Invitation to Apply.

To apply for an Invitation to Apply, you must submit an interest to sponsor form.

NOTE: Access to this form is limited to a brief period each year to ensure a limited number of candidates. As the program is currently closed, no interest to sponsor forms are available, and thus no invitations are being issued.

After receiving your Invitation to Apply, you will have 60 days to complete 2 applications. Both applications are submitted together:

  • Application for the inviter to become a sponsor,
  • Parents/grandparents permanent residency application.

How We Can Help

At EXITUS IMMIGRATION SERVICES , our representatives are highly experienced with Parent/Grandparent sponsorship applications and can guide you through each step of the process.

Our representatives understand all the ins and out of sponsorships applications and can help you get into the mind of an immigration officer to ensure you compile a complete, strong and convicting application to give you the best chances of success.

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