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Deadline to Sponsor Parents and Grandparents

January 2, 2018 – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) program for Parents and Grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, who wish to sponsor their parents and grandparents, has now officially reopened.

If you want to sponsor your parents and grandparents, you must show your interest by submitting your interest online. The interest to sponsor form is available as of noon EST on January 2, 2018, and will close at noon EST on February 1, 2018.

For 2018, there is a cap of 10,000 complete applications.

After February 1, 2018, the submissions will be reviewed and there will be random selection and invitations to potential sponsors to apply to sponsor their parents and grandparents. If invited you will have 90 days to submit a full application.

If you do not receive an invitation, you will have the opportunity to show your interest to sponsor your parents and grandparents again in 2019.

You can sponsor your parents and grandparents if you’re 18 years of age or older, living in Canada and are a:

  • Canadian citizen or
  • person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act or
  • permanent resident of Canada

The program only allows you to apply for your own parents and grandparents. You can’t use your invitation to become a co-signer for your spouse or partner’s parents and grandparents. If you live in Quebec, you must also meet Quebec’s immigration sponsorship requirements after approved as a sponsor.

As a sponsor to a parent or grandparent you will need to meet certain minimum income requirements, support that person and their dependents and sign a sponsorship agreement.

Need assistance? Contact us today or complete our Family Sponsorship Assessment Form to ensure you are eligible as a sponsor for the Parent and Grandparent Program.

This information is for general purposes only and does not purport to be comprehensive or to provide legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information and law is current as of the date of publication it should be stressed that, due to the passage of time, this does not necessarily reflect the present legal position. Go Canada Visas accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from accessing or reliance on information contained in this blog. For formal advice on the current law please don’t hesitate to contact Go Canada Visas. Legal advice is only provided pursuant to a written agreement, identified as such, and signed by the client and by or on behalf of Go Canada Visas.