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Sponsor your parents and grandparents

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Sponsor your parents and grandparents


You may be able to sponsor your parent or grandparent to become a permanent resident under the Family Class if you’re at least 18 years old and a:

  • Canadian citizen or
  • person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act or
  • permanent resident of Canada

If you sponsor your parent or grandparent to come to Canada as a permanent resident, you must:

  • support them financially when they arrive
  • make sure they don’t need social assistance from the government
  • provide for your own essential needs and those of your parent or grandparent


1. Find out if you’re eligible


Find out if you’re eligible to sponsor your parent or grandparent.

If you live in Quebec, you’ll need to meet Quebec immigration sponsorship requirements.


2. Tell us you want to sponsor


To sponsor your parent or grandparent, the first step is to tell us you want to apply. We’ll randomly select people and invite them to apply.

The online submission form to show your interest closed at noon on February 2, 2017. We are no longer accepting submissions.


3. We select sponsors


We review all submissions and remove any duplicates. Then we randomly select sponsors and invite them to apply.

For 2017, we randomly selected 10,000 sponsors.


4. Find out if you are selected


We email everyone who completes the online form to inform them if they are selected to apply or not.

If you are unsure whether you were invited to apply or not, find out if you were selected.


5. Apply


If you’re invited to apply, you can fill out the forms and apply to sponsor your parents or grandparents.


6. Check processing times


Find out how long it will take us to process your application for family sponsorship.



7. After you apply: get next steps


Learn what happens after you apply for family sponsorship.


8. Prepare for arrival


Find out what you need to prepare for your family member’s arrival in Canada.