Sponsor your parents and grandparents: Check if you’re eligible
Who is eligible to sponsor a parent or grandparent
Find out if you meet the income requirements
Before you apply, find out how much money you need to sponsor your parents and grandparents. You’ll have to prove you have this income in your application.
You can sponsor your own parents and grandparents if
- you’re invited to apply
- you’re at least 18 years old
- you live in Canada
- you’re a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
- you have enough money to support the people you want to sponsor
- to show that you have enough, you’ll have to provide your proof of income
- you may have a spouse or common-law partner co-sign to combine your incomes
- you meet all other requirements under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations
If you live outside Quebec
To become a sponsor, you must promise to financially support the people you are sponsoring for a period of time. We call this promise an undertaking.
The undertaking commits you to
- providing financial support for your sponsored family members for 20 years, starting when they become permanent residents
- repaying any provincial social assistance (money from the government) your sponsored family members get during that time
Also, you and your sponsored family members need to agree to certain responsibilities during the undertaking period. We call this the sponsorship agreement.
The sponsorship agreement means that
- you’ll provide for the basic needs of your sponsored family members, including
- personal requirements
- household supplies
- health care not covered by public health insurance, such as eye and dental care
- the person you sponsor will make every effort to support themselves and their family members
This agreement is still valid, and you must still cover basic needs for the period it covers, even in the case of
- marriage ending, separation or divorce
- family rifts
- change in finances
- death of the main applicant, if you also sponsor their family members
When you apply, you’ll have to complete and sign a form that includes the undertaking and the sponsorship agreement.
If you live in Quebec
If we approve you as a sponsor, we’ll send you information on what to do next.
You must also sign an undertaking with the province of Quebec. The length of the undertaking is 10 years for Quebec.
Who can’t sponsor a parent or grandparent
You can’t sponsor your parents and grandparents if
- you haven’t been invited to apply
- you’re less than 18 years old
- you won’t live in Canada when you apply to sponsor your parents and grandparents and/or when your parents and grandparents become permanent residents
- Your primary residential address must be in Canada when you submit your application and until we make a decision on your application.
- you’re not a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
- you’re a temporary resident, that is you’re visiting, studying or working in Canada on a visa or permit
- your permanent residence application is still in process
- You must have permanent resident status at the time you submit your sponsorship application.
- your proof of income shows you don’t have enough money to support the people you want to sponsor
You may not be eligible to sponsor your parents and grandparents if you
- are in jail, prison or penitentiary
- didn’t pay back
- an immigration loan
- a performance bond
- court-ordered family support payments such as alimony or child support Footnote *
- didn’t give the financial support you agreed to when you signed a sponsorship agreement to sponsor someone else in the pastFootnote *
- declared bankruptcy and are not discharged Footnote *
- receive social assistance for a reason other than a disability
- were convicted of a violent criminal offence, any offence against a relative or any sexual offence inside or outside Canada
- can’t legally stay in Canada and must leave the country because you received a Removal Order
There may be other reasons that make you ineligible to sponsor your parents and grandparents. If we determine you’re not eligible to sponsor, we’ll tell you why.
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