Sponsor your parents and grandparents: How to apply
How to apply
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will delay the opening of the 2020 Parents and Grandparents program. We’ll post details on the opening of the program online and our social media channels once they’re available.
If you’re invited to apply to sponsor your parents and grandparents, there are 2 applications:
- You must apply to become a sponsor.
- Your parents or grandparents must apply for permanent residence.
Send both the sponsorship and the permanent residence applications together at the same time.
We must receive your application package 60 days from the date of your invitation. The deadline is clearly indicated in your invitation to apply.
There are 6 steps to apply to sponsor your parents and grandparents.
1. Submit the interest to sponsor form
The first step to sponsor your parents or grandparents is filling out the interest to sponsor form. It’s available at the beginning of the year for a limited time.
After the form closes, we review submissions and remove duplicates.
2. Get an invitation to submit a complete application
We’ll invite potential sponsors to submit a complete application in the same order we receive the interest to sponsor forms online.
3. Get the application package
To avoid using outdated forms, don’t prepare your application before you’re invited to submit a complete application.
The application package includes the:
- document checklist for you and the persons you want to sponsor
- forms you and the persons you want to sponsor need to fill out
- instruction guide to help you and your family members fill out the forms correctly
Read the guide carefully before you complete the application form. The sponsorship application fee for processing your form can’t be refunded.
- you’re eligible to sponsor before you apply
- you list all your family members
- all the information on your application is true
- your application is complete
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
- this would mean that you’d be acting as their representative
- 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
4. Pay your application fees
In most cases, your fees will include:
- processing fees for you, the persons you’re sponsoring and their dependants
- the Right of Permanent Residence Fee
- the biometrics fee
You have to pay your fees online (opens in new tab).
In most cases, you must pay a biometrics fee when you submit your application. Otherwise you may experience delays. 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.
5. Submit your application
We must receive your complete application within 60 days. The deadline is specified in your invitation.
The mailing instructions are in the application guide.
You may use a courier service to submit your application, if you want to. Courier services will help you track your application. You can also use regular mail.
We’ll return your application to you if:
- it’s incomplete
- fees are missing
- you weren’t invited to submit a complete application
- we didn’t receive it within the deadline specified in your invitation
6. Send us additional information during processing
During processing, we’ll ask the person you’re sponsoring to submit their:
COVID-19: Biometrics deadline
Some biometrics collection sites are closed. If the site closest to you is closed, we’ll extend your deadline to give your biometrics. Find out how COVID-19 is affecting biometrics.
- 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.
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 in circumstances, such as:
- birth or adoption of children
- marriage or divorce
- death of an applicant or dependant
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