Sponsor your parents and grandparents

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

How will the new parent and grandparent sponsorship selection process work?

Step 1: Between January 3 and February 2, 2017, a web form will be available for you to show your interest in sponsoring. Fill out the form and submit it. A confirmation number will be automatically provided when you submit the form. Please note the web form is not the application.

Step 2: On January 9, 2017, the new application package will be available. You can review it to get ready to apply if you get chosen. You do not need to complete the form unless you are selected in Step 3.

Step 3: Soon after the intake closes on February 2, 2017, we will randomly select 10,000 people from among those who submitted the web form.

  • If you are chosen, we will let you know via email and you will have 90 days to send your complete application to IRCC using the 2017 application package. Details on where to submit your application will be in the application package.
  • If you are not chosen, we will let you know via email. You will have the chance to show your interest in sponsoring again in 2018.

If you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you may be able to sponsor your parent or grandparent to become a permanent resident under the Family Class (FC).

If you sponsor your parent or grandparent to come to Canada as a permanent resident, you must make every reasonable effort to provide for your own essential needs and those of your parent or grandparent. You are responsible for supporting your parent or grandparent financially when he or she arrives. As a sponsor, you must make sure your parent or grandparent does not need to seek social assistance from the government.

Determine your eligibility

Find out if you are eligible to sponsor your parent or grandparent.

If you live in Quebec, you will need to meet Quebec immigration sponsorship requirements.

Tell us you want to sponsor

To sponsor your parent or grandparent, the first step is to tell us you want to apply. We will randomly select people and invite them to apply.


If you are invited to apply, you can fill out the forms and apply to sponsor your parents or grandparents.

Check processing times

Find out how long it will take CIC to process your application for family sponsorship.

After you apply: get next steps

Learn what happens after you apply for family sponsorship.

Prepare for arrival

Find out what you need to prepare for your family member’s arrival in Canada.

Find out if you are eligible

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