PARENT & GRANDPARENT SPONSORSHIP

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO SPONSOR A PARENT OR GRANDPARENT?

You may be able to sponsor your parent or grandparent to become a permanent resident under the Family Class if you’re at least 18 years old and a:

  • Canadian citizen or

  • person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act, or

  • permanent resident of Canada

If you sponsor your parent or grandparent to come to Canada as a permanent resident, you must:

  • support them financially when they arrive

  • make sure they don’t need social assistance from the government

  • provide for your own essential needs and those of your parent or grandparent

WHO ISN'T ELIGIBLE TO SPONSOR A PARENT OR GRANDPARENT?

 

An individual may not be eligible to sponsor their parent or grandparent if they:

  • are in prison

  • have defaulted on an immigration loan (either late or missed payments)

  • have declared bankruptcy and haven’t been released from it yet.

  • have received government financial assistance for reasons other than a disability

  • didn’t pay a court-ordered support order, such as alimony or child support

  • didn’t provide the financial support they agreed to when they signed a sponsorship agreement to sponsor another relative in the past

  • have been convicted of a violent criminal offense, any offense against a relative or any sexual offense, depending on circumstances, such as:

    • the nature of the offense

    • how long ago it occurred

    • whether a record suspension or pardon was issued