Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents

We plan to expand our fingerprint and photo requirements

Starting July 31, 2018, you may need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) each time you apply for permanent residence if you are from Europe, the Middle East or Africa.

Find out about biometrics.

You need an invitation from us before you can apply. To get the invitation:

  1. Make sure you are eligible to be a sponsor.
  2. Tell us you want to sponsor your parents or grandparents. The online submission form to show your interest closed at noon EST on February 1, 2018. We are no longer accepting submissions for 2018.
  3. Wait to see if we invite you. We select and invite sponsors at random.

If you want your parents or grandparents to visit you for a long period of time, you can also apply for a super visa.

How to use this application package

Read the Instruction Guide to fill out your application forms.

  • Use the Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM 1344) form and the Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008). You can fill them out and save them using a computer. You will need Adobe Reader 10 or higher. You must also turn JavaScript on.
  • Filling out the forms on a computer is easier than filling them out by hand. It reduces the risk of mistakes that can slow down the application process.
  • Trouble downloading? Right-click the link and select “Save Target As…”

Fill out, validate, print, sign and date your application forms.

To make sure you submit all the pages of each form, follow these steps.

IMM 1344 and IMM 0008 forms

  1. Click the "Validate" button at the top or bottom of the form.

    Note: Validating the form before printing makes sure that you have answered all the questions. This will help you to avoid delays in processing your application.

  2. A last page with barcodes and a signature line will automatically be created.
  3. Print, sign and date the form.
  4. For best results:
    • print on white, bond-quality, non-glossy paper and
    • use a laser printer.
  5. Place the barcode page on top of your package. If you have more than one package, place a separate barcode page on each one.

Other forms:

Use the Document Checklist to make sure that you include all the other forms and documents you need.

Pay the fees

You must include the fee with your application. Find out how to pay your fees.

Mail your completed application to the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

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