Sponsorship for Parents and Grand parents

Sponsorship for Parents and Grandparents

The PGP allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada. Parents and grandparents who are approved under this program are granted permanent residence and may later apply for Canadian citizenship.

Sponsorship for Parents and Grand parents

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How to apply

If you’re invited to apply to sponsor your parents and grandparents, there are 2 applications:

  • You must apply to become a sponsor.
  • Your parents or grandparents must apply for permanent residence
  • Submit both the sponsorship and the permanent residence applications together online at the same time.

IRCC must get your application package 60 days from the date of your invitation. The deadline is clearly marked on your invitation to apply.

The steps to apply to sponsor your parents and grandparents are a bit different from the earlier process. IRCC will invite people from the remaining pool of potential sponsors who submitted an interest to sponsor form a year before.

If you’re invited to apply, they’ll email you using the email address you gave to them.

Step 1. Get an invitation to apply

IRCC randomly selects and invites potential sponsors to apply to sponsor their parents and grandparents.

Step 2. Apply online

To avoid using outdated forms or an old instruction guide, don’t start filling out your application unless you’re invited to apply to the current year program.

If you apply but don’t end up being invited, IRCC won’t refund the sponsorship application processing fee.

This year, they will accept applications from those who are invited through an online process. IRCC continuously updates information about the process on its website. To get the latest info, you must check its website.

If you live in Quebec, the steps can be different to sponsor your parents and grandparents in Quebec.

Helping your parents and grandparents with their application

You have to ask permission and provide the right forms if you want to

  • prepare or help prepare your parents’ and grandparents’ applications and communicate with immigration authorities on their behalf
  • this would mean that you’d be acting as their representative
  • check on their application status

How to find your Canadian citizenship information

To sponsor your parents or grandparents, you need

  • the date you became a Canadian citizen
  • your UCI or client ID number

To find the date and the number, check the back of your citizenship certificate.

If you don’t have your citizenship certificate, you can apply for a

  • citizenship certificate urgently, or
  • search for citizenship records urgently

If you can’t get proof of your citizenship within the 60-day period you have to apply, you can include an explanation letter saying

  • why you don’t have it and
  • what steps you’ve taken to get it

Step 3. Pay your application fees

In most cases, your fees will include:

  • processing fees for you, the people you’re sponsoring, and their dependents
  • the Right of Permanent Residence Fee
  • the biometrics fee

You have to pay your fees online(opens in a new tab).

Biometrics fee

In most cases, you must pay a biometrics fee when you submit your application. If you don’t your application may be delayed. The biometrics fee covers the cost of collecting fingerprints and digital photos.

Third-party fees

Depending on your situation, you may need to pay third parties for

  • your medical exam
  • a police certificate

Step 4. Send additional information during the processing

During processing, IRCC may ask the person you’re sponsoring to submit their

  • medical exams
  • police certificates
  • You don’t have to include police certificates when you apply. They’ll ask you for them later in the process.
  • You need a police certificate for the people being sponsored and each family member 18 or older (who isn’t already a Canadian citizen or permanent resident).
  • Police certificates are generally valid for 1 year from the date they’re issued.
  • Depending on processing times, you may be asked for new certificates.
  • biometrics
  • When the biometrics fee is paid, they’ll send your family members a letter asking them to give their biometrics.
  • Your family members must show this letter when they give their biometrics.
  • They have 30 days to give their biometrics in person at their closest collection point.

COVID-19: Changes to biometrics requirements and collection procedures

Temporary measures have been put into place for biometrics requirements and collection procedures.

IRCC will send instructions and let your family members know how much time they have to send this information.

You must tell authorities of any change to your situation, such as:

  • birth or adoption of children
  • marriage or divorce
  • death of an applicant or dependant