Sponsor your parents and grandparents: How to apply

How to apply

If you’re invited to apply to sponsor your parents and grandparents, there are 2 applications:

  1. You must apply to become a sponsor.
  2. Your parents or grandparents must apply for permanent residence.

Submit both the sponsorship and the permanent residence applications together online at the same time.

We must get your application package 60 days from the date of your invitation. The deadline is clearly marked on your invitation to apply.

The steps to apply to sponsor your parents and grandparents are a bit different for the 2021 process. We’ll invite people from the remaining pool of potential sponsors who submitted an interest to sponsor form in 2020.

If you’re invited to apply, we’ll email you using the email address you gave us.

Step 1. Get an invitation to apply

We randomly select and invite potential sponsors to apply to sponsor their parents and grandparents. For the 2021 process, we’ll send enough invitations to apply with the goal to accept 30,000 applications.

Step 2. Apply online

To avoid using outdated forms or an old instruction guide, don’t start filling out your application unless you’re invited to apply to the 2021 program.

If you apply but don’t end up being invited, we won’t refund the sponsorship application processing fee.

This year, we’ll accept applications from those who are invited through an online process. We’ll add more information on how it works in the coming weeks.

If you live in Quebec, find out the steps to take to sponsor your parents and grandparents in Quebec.

Helping your parents and grandparents with their application

You have to ask permission and provide the right forms if you want to

  • prepare or help prepare your parents’ and grandparents’ application and communicate with us on their behalf
  • check on their application status

Find out how to act as a representative or access your family members’ information.

How to find your Canadian citizenship information

To sponsor your parents or grandparents, you need

  • the date you became a Canadian citizen
  • your UCI or client ID number

To find the date and the number, check the back of your citizenship certificate.

If you don’t have your citizenship certificate, you can apply for a

If you can’t get proof of your citizenship within the 60-day period you have to apply, you can include an explanation letter saying

  • why you don’t have it and
  • what steps you’ve taken to get it

Step 3. Pay your application fees

In most cases, your fees will include:

You have to pay your fees online(opens in a new tab) .

Biometrics fee

In most cases, you must pay a biometrics fee when you submit your application. If you don’t your application may be delayed. The biometrics fee covers the cost of collecting fingerprints and a digital photo.

Third party fees

Depending on your situation, you may need to pay third parties for

The instruction guide can help you understand which fees apply to you.

Step 4. Send us additional information during processing

During processing, we’ll ask the person you’re sponsoring to submit their

  • medical exams
  • police certificates
    • You don’t have to include police certificates when you apply. We’ll ask you for them later in the process.
    • You need a police certificate for the people being sponsored and each family member 18 or older (who isn’t already a Canadian citizen or permanent resident).
    • Police certificates are generally valid for 1 year from the date they’re issued.
      • Depending on processing times, we may ask you for new certificates.
  • biometrics
    • When the biometrics fee is paid, we’ll send your family members a letter asking them to give their biometrics.
    • Your family members must show this letter when they give their biometrics.
    • They have 30 days to give their biometrics in person at their closest collection point.

COVID-19: Changes to biometrics requirements and collection procedures

Temporary measures have been put into place for biometrics requirements and collection procedures.

Find out what to do for your biometrics

We’ll send instructions and let your family members know how much time they have to send us this information.

You must tell us of any change to your situation, such as:

  • birth or adoption of children
  • marriage or divorce
  • death of an applicant or dependant
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