Sponsor Parents And Grandparents To Canada

Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their parents and grandparents for permanent residence. Sponsoring parents allows reunify and bring your parents to Canada.  Learn about parents' sponsorship Canada requirements, stages and process, processing time, get checklists, & more.

Parent Sponsorship 

Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor parents to Canada.


Canada has a cap on the number of parents sponsorship applications it accepts every year.


In 2019, 27,000 sponsorship applications for parents and grandparents have been accepted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). In 2018, 17,000 respectively. In 2017 - 10,000 applications. 


Not only the cap on sponsoring parents has increased, but also an application process was modified significantly.

Sponsoring Parents To Canada Process

To sponsor parents to Canada, sponsors and parents have to go through the process that has six main stages, particularly:


Stage 1


Show interest to sponsor parents or grandparents. A sponsor can submit The Interest To Sponsor Form online sometime in January each year. Read how we helped our clients to successfully submit online this form in 2019 and get an invitation for their parents!


Stage 2


Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invites potential sponsors to submit a complete application in the same order they receive the interest to sponsor forms online.


Stage 3


Get the correct parent sponsorship application package. There are two applications that must be submitted together, not later than 60 days after an invitation to sponsor parents to Canada was received. The two applications are – sponsor’s application to become a sponsor and parents or grandparents application for permanent residence.


Stage 4


Pay government fees for an application to sponsor parents. It will comprise of:

  • sponsorship fee ($75)
  • principal applicant processing fee ($475)
  • principal applicant’s spouse processing fee ($500)
  • the Right of Permanent Residence Fee ($490 per person), and
  • the biometrics fee ($85 per person).


Stage 5


Sponsoring parents to Canada will require that a sponsorship application be received by IRCC not later than 60 days from an invitation. The specific deadline will be provided in the invitation.


Stage 6


Parents or grandparents will need to take medical exams, give biometrics, and provide police certificates when requested by IRCC during the processing of their sponsorship application.

Parents Sponsorship Canada Requirements

Sponsors must meet requirements to be eligible for sponsoring parents to Canada:


  • be at least 18 years old
  • live in Canada
  • be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or a person registered in Canada as an Indian
  • meet parent sponsorship income requirements


What Is Parent Sponsorship Income Requirement?


A sponsor must have the income required to sponsor parents in Canada and provide proof of income.


How much money sponsor needs to sponsor parents and grandparents to Canada?


The sponsor of parent or grandparent must meet the income requirements for each of the 3 taxation years right before the date of a parent sponsorship application.


The table below shows the minimum income required to sponsor parents to Canada, based on the number of persons a sponsor will be responsible for.

Federal Income Table For Parents And Grandparents Sponsorship



Number of           Minimum income in

of persons        2018       2017        2016      

2 persons      $40,379  $39,813  $39,372 
3 persons      $49,641  $48,945  $48,404  
4 persons      $60,271  $59,426  $58,768  
5 persons      $68,358  $67,400  $66,654  
6 persons      $77,095  $76,015  $75,174  
7 persons      $85,835  $84,631  $83,695  

If more than 7 persons, for each additional person, add: $8,740 in 2018, $8,616 in 2017, and $8,521 in 2016.

Parents Sponsorship Processing Time – 20 - 24 months

IRCC process parents and grandparents sponsorship applications within 20-24 months. Processing time starts the day IRCC receives a complete parent sponsorship application and ends when they make a decision. It may take longer than 24 months if an application is not complete.

Parents Sponsorship Canada Fees

Government fees for sponsoring parents or grandparents will include:


  • $75 - sponsorship fee
  • $475 - principal applicant processing fee
  • $500 - principal applicant’s spouse processing fee 
  • $490 - the right of permanent residence fee (per person)
  • $85 - biometric fee (per person)

If you would like to know more about Sponsoring Parent or Grandparent To Canada in 2020, you may call +1-647-695-5256 or email lena.levtsun@leromlaw.com or message us using the contact form below.

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