Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program
If you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to sponsor your parent or grandparent to live with you in Canada. In this guide, we’ll explain the eligibility requirements, benefits, and application process for parent and grandparent sponsorship.
To sponsor your parent or grandparent to live in Canada, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- You must meet the minimum necessary income requirements to prove that you can financially support your parent or grandparent.
- You must sign a sponsorship agreement with your parent or grandparent, promising to provide financial support for them and any dependents they may have for a period of time.
- You must show that you have not received any social assistance (other than for a disability) for a period of time prior to the sponsorship.
If you meet these requirements, you may be eligible to sponsor your parent or grandparent to live in Canada.
Benefits of Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship
Sponsoring your parent or grandparent to live in Canada offers a number of benefits, including:
- Reuniting with your loved ones: Parent and grandparent sponsorship allows you to reunite with your loved ones and bring them to live with you in Canada.
- Access to healthcare: Your parent or grandparent will have access to Canada’s healthcare system.
Opportunity to apply for permanent residency: Parents and grandparents who are sponsored to live in Canada may be eligible to apply for permanent residency once they meet the eligibility requirements.
Sponsoring your parent or grandparent to live in Canada involves a multi-step application process that can take several months to complete. Here are the steps involved:
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Step 1: Determine your eligibility
Make sure you meet the eligibility requirements for sponsoring your parent or grandparent to live in Canada. If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible, consult an immigration lawyer or consultant for guidance.
Step 2: Prepare your application package
You’ll need to provide several supporting documents with your application, including:
- Proof of your Canadian citizenship or permanent residency status
- Proof of your relationship to your parent or grandparent
- Evidence that you meet the minimum necessary income requirements
- A sponsorship agreement and undertaking
- Proof of your parents’ or grandparents’ medical examination results (if required)
Step 3: Submit your application and pay the fee
Once you’ve completed the forms and gathered the necessary supporting documents, you can submit your application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). You’ll need to pay a processing fee as part of the application process.
Step 4: Wait for a decision
IRCC will review your application and make a decision on whether to approve your sponsorship. If your sponsorship is approved, your parent or grandparent will be able to apply for a temporary resident visa to come to Canada.
Sponsoring your parent or grandparent to live in Canada can be a complex process, but it’s well worth it to reunite with your loved ones and provide them with the opportunities Canada has to offer. By following these steps and providing the necessary documentation, you’ll be on your way to sponsoring your parent or grandparent to live with you in Canada.