Sponsor your parents and grandparents

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If you’re planning on traveling to Canada or submitting an application, (including for a passport or other travel document) apply early.

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You may be able to sponsor your parents and grandparents to become a permanent resident 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 parents and grandparents to come to Canada as a permanent resident, you must:

  • support them financially. Find out for how long.
  • make sure they don’t need social assistance from the government
  • provide for your own essential needs and those of your parents and grandparents and their dependants

1. Find out if you’re eligible

First, find out if you’re eligible to sponsor your parents and grandparents.

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

2. Tell us you want to sponsor

The second step is to tell us you want to sponsor your parents or grandparents by submitting an online interest to sponsor form.

The online submission form to show your interest to sponsor closed on February 1, 2018. We are no longer accepting submissions for 2018.

3. We select potential sponsors

We review all submissions and remove any duplicates. Then we randomly select potential sponsors and invite them to submit a complete application.

For 2018, we aim to receive 17,000 complete applications.

4. Find out if you are selected

We email the potential sponsors who were randomly selected and invite them to submit a complete application.

Also, we post the selected confirmation numbers on this website, but we remove them once the deadline to submit an application passes. Everyone who submitted an interest to sponsor form got a confirmation number.

Find out if you were selected.

5. Apply

If you’re invited to submit a complete application, you have until the deadline specified in your invitation to fill out the forms and submit a complete application 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.


Find out if you are eligible

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