Updated: July 4th, 2024

Parent or Grandparent Sponsorship Visa

As part of the larger Family Sponsorship program, the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to bring their parents or grandparents to the Great White North. Both the sponsors and the sponsored parents or grandparents must meet the criteria set by the Canadian government in order to have their request for permanent residence approved.

For example, the sponsor will have to provide the Canadian government with proof of their ability to financially support their relatives after they receive their desired status. The parent or grandparent must, in turn, undergo physical health exams and security checks before they are deemed eligible for permanent residence.

Who Can Become a Sponsor?

To be eligible to sponsor a parent or grandparent sponsorship visa, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • If you are a permanent resident, you must reside in Canada.
  • Meet the Minimum Necessary Income requirement to ensure you can support your sponsored family member financially.
  • The sponsorship agreement will hold you responsible for any financial obligations tied to your family members in the eyes of the Canadian government. You will also agree to repay any social assistance benefits received by your family members during the sponsorship period.

What Should You Expect

Since you will likely sponsor an elderly person, you will need to sign an undertaking with IRCC, committing to be responsible for their financial obligations. This includes providing basic necessities such as food, housing, clothing, and utilities.

Additionally, the sponsorship period for sponsors living outside of Quebec is 20 years, beginning from the date the sponsored person receives their permanent residence status. In Quebec, the sponsorship period is 10 years.


What is the pool?
To be included in the pool you must qualify for one of the specific immigration programs listed under Express Entry. You must also score a minimum of 67 points on your immigration profile. Points are awarded for educational and professional qualifications, work experience, age, language ability, and more. The Canadian government selects the most suitable candidates from the pool and issues them with an official invitation (known as ITA) to become Canadian residents.
How many points do I need to get selected?
The Express Entry system uses what it called the Comprehensive Ranking System, a formula that takes into account your education, skills and experience, those of your husband/wife or partner, and whether you have a specific job offer. These factors go to build up your score out of a possible maximum of 1200. As mentioned, the higher the points you score, the greater the possibility to be selected from the pool.
How long does it take to move to Canada?
The idea of starting a new life in Canada is very exciting. But please be prepared that getting selected for an immigration program takes time. This is why the Express Entry program is extremely popular - the Canadian government aims to select candidates within 6 months. Time may significantly vary between immigration programs; the individual process of each program, government policies, the complexity of your case, and more, may affect the time it would take you to move to Canada.
Are there any goverment fees?
Like many other countries worldwide the Canadian government charges fees for the processing of immigration entries. Depending on the specific program you entered, the size and age of your family, and more – you may need a few hundred to several thousand Canadian dollars. Please note that all government fees are non-refundable. This is one of many reasons you should prepare well for your immigration process, gain as much knowledge as you can, and if possible, seek help from professionals in this field.

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