Canadian citizens and permanent residents have the opportunity to sponsor their parents and grandparents to become permanent residents in Canada through this program.
- Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
- Be 18 years of age or older.
- Meet the minimum income requirements. The income of married couples can be combined to meet the requirements.
- Both the sponsor and the sponsored person must sign a sponsorship agreement. This agreement commits the sponsor to provide financial support if necessary, while the sponsored person agrees to make efforts to support themselves. Dependent children under 22 years old are exempt from signing this agreement. Quebec residents have to sign an “undertaking” with the province of Quebec, which is a binding contract for sponsorship.
- The sponsor must commit to providing financial support to the sponsored relative for a period of 20 years, starting from the date the sponsored relative becomes a permanent resident.
You may not be eligible to sponsor your parents and grandparents if you:
- Are currently incarcerated.
- Have defaulted on an immigration loan by making late or missed payments.
- Have declared bankruptcy and have not been discharged from it.
- Have received government financial assistance for reasons other than a disability.
- Have failed to fulfill a court-ordered support order, such as alimony or child support.
- Have not provided the agreed financial support when previously sponsoring another relative.
- Have been convicted of a violent criminal offense, an offense against a relative, or a sexual offense.