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How does the Parents and Grandparents Program work?

The Parents and Grandparents Program opens once a year. It lets citizens and permanent residents of Canada  sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada. 

Here is how the program works:

Step 1: If you’re eligible to become a sponsor, you must submit an interest to sponsor form. This form is available from October 13 – November 3, 2020 so everyone who wants to submit one is able to.

Step 2: After the online form closes, we review the form submissions and remove any duplicates.

We randomly select and invite potential sponsors to apply to sponsor their parents and grandparents. We email the invitations and post the invitation status on our site.

In 2020, we’ll invite potential sponsors to apply in one round of invitations.

Step 3: If you’re invited to apply, we must receive your application package by the deadline that’s in your invitation.

To avoid using outdated forms, don’t prepare your application unless you’re invited to apply.

Find out more about how to apply to sponsor your parents and grandparents.

If you live in Quebec, find out how to sponsor your parents and grandparents in Quebec.


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