Apply to sponsor a parent or grandparent

We have a new process for taking applications in 2017. You must first let us know you’re interested in sponsoring, then we will randomly choose 10,000 people to apply.

We will post the new forms and guide on January 9, 2017. Please ensure that you use the correct forms.

The first step toward becoming a sponsor is to submit an online interest to sponsor form. Note that the form is not an application.

You have 30 days to fill out and submit the form. After that, we will randomly choose 10,000 people to be invited to apply.

You should wait to start preparing documents until you find out if you are invited to apply.

If you are invited to apply, there are two steps to the application process for your parent(s) or grandparent(s) to become permanent residents.

  1. As a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you must apply to sponsor your family member.
    • Your sponsorship application is processed by the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga (CPC-M).
    • You will be notified in writing by CPC-M about the decision on your sponsorship application.
  2. Your parent(s) and/or grandparent(s) must apply for permanent residence.

The applications for both sponsorship and permanent residence should be filled out and sent at the same time.

See: What courier service can I use to submit my application to sponsor a parent or grand-parent?

How to apply

There are three steps to apply to sponsor your parent(s) or grandparent(s):

1. Get the application package

The package includes the application guide and all the forms you need to fill out. Download the application package. You can print the guide and use it to help you fill out the forms correctly.

Read the guide carefully before you complete the application form. The sponsorship application fee for processing your form is not refundable, so make sure you are eligible to sponsor a relative before you apply.

Use the instructions in the guide to help you fill out the application forms. Be sure to provide all the documents listed in the document checklist.

If information or documents are missing, your entire application will be returned to you and you will need to re-submit a new application with the missing information or documents.

  • As the sponsor, you must sign an agreement that commits you to supporting the relative for a certain time period. You will have to provide proof of minimum income.
  • Your eligible relative must promise to make every effort to become self-supporting.
  • If your relative has dependent children, they must be included on the application of your relative to come here as a permanent resident.

Note: You cannot misrepresent any relevant facts in your application. You cannot misrepresent your family members and marital status, and you must inform Citizenship and Immigration Canada of any change in circumstances. You must identify all your family members in the application. The person you are sponsoring must also disclose and have each of their close family members examined for security checks, criminality checks and medical exam by CIC or the sponsored person will be barred from sponsoring those members in the future

2. Pay your application fees

You must pay your application processing fees online. This is mandatory. We will not accept any other kind of payment. Include your proof of payment with your application.

The principal applicant must also pay the $490 right of permanent residence fee (RPRF) before we can grant permanent resident status.

The RPRF is the only fee that you don’t need to include with your sponsorship application. If you don’t include it, you will be asked to pay it later.

Note: These people do not have to pay the $490 right of permanent residence fee:

  • the dependent children of the person you are sponsoring,
  • a dependent child of a permanent resident or Canadian citizen, and
  • protected persons and their family members.

Use the pay your fees tool to see how much your fees will be and how to pay them online.

3. Submit your application

The mailing address will be in the sponsorship application guide. Find information on how long it will take to process your application.

If information or documents are missing, your entire application will be returned to you and you will need to re-submit a new application with the missing information or documents. Applications returned will not hold a place in the application cap of 5,000 applications. If you re-submit an application it will be based on the new application receipt date.

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