How to Sponsor Your Parents to Immigrate to Canada?

By Remitbee - May 13, 2022

Most immigrants to Canada begin by bringing their parents to the country. Many newcomers undergo the process by looking for a reputable Canadian immigration counsellor and scheduling a one-on-one meeting with the expert. In this article, we'll discuss the program involved in parents' sponsorship and go through some of the steps involved in the immigration process.

The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP)

Parents and grandparents who are given permanent residency in Canada under this program may be eligible to apply for citizenship.

They can use all the advantages of permanent residency in Canada, including working, accessing health care, being fully protected by Canadian law and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and seeking to become Canadian citizens if they are eligible.

Information for the PGP 2022 is currently unavailable. But for PGP 2021, the IRCC organized a lottery between September 23 and October 4, 2021. 30,000 Canadian citizens and permanent residents were invited to apply for sponsorship. And only those who filed an interest to sponsor form on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website between noon EDT on October 13, 2020, and noon EDT on November 3, 2020, were taken into account.

Eligibility to Sponsor Your Parents

You are eligible to sponsor your parents if you meet the following requirements:

  • You're invited to apply
  • You're at least 18 years old
  • You are a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act, a permanent resident of Canada, or a Canadian citizen.
  • You have money to support the people you want to sponsor (you'll have to provide your proof of income).
  • You sign an undertaking that states that you'll provide financial assistance to the sponsored family for 20 years and repay any social assistance benefits granted to the members (side note: you must sign a separate "undertaking" with the province if you live in Quebec).

  • You meet other requirements under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

You and your sponsored family members will also sign a sponsorship agreement. This agreement states that you will meet your sponsored family members' necessities, such as food, clothing, utilities, personal needs, shelter, gas, and household goods.

You should also consider health care that isn't covered by public insurance, such as eye and dental treatment. However, the individual you sponsor will undertake to make every attempt to sustain themselves and their family members as part of this arrangement.

As long as the agreement is valid, you must cover necessities for the duration of the agreement, even in times of:

  • divorce, separation, or dissolution of marriage
  • family conflict
  • unemployment
  • financial changes
  • the death of the primary applicant (only if you also sponsor their family members)

1. Process and Approval of Sponsorship


The IRCC has not yet revealed the target complete applications for this year, but in 2021, it sent 34,500 invitations to possible sponsors at random to receive 30,000 complete applications.

You can apply for sponsorship online when you receive the invitation. If you are not asked to apply for the 2021 program, your application will be rejected and will not refund the sponsorship application processing fee.


The IRCC website will guide you through your application process. Download, print, and sign the application documents from the IRCC website. On the other hand, your parents will have to fill out digital forms online. Don't forget to give them a digital copy of the documentation you signed as a sponsor.

If you're between 14 and 79, you must provide your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) for each permanent residence application you submit, even if you've already provided your biometrics. For each person on your application, you'll need one photo. Simply scan and upload both sides of your photo following the web application's instructions.


You must pay your application fees online. You can click here to check the family sponsorship fee list. Your sponsorship expenses often will include:

  • Processing expenses for you, your sponsored individuals, and their dependents (if any)
  • The Right of Permanent Residence Fee
  • The cost of biometrics (this covers the cost of collecting fingerprints and a digital photo)


Remember the following before completing your application online:

  • Fill all questions
  • Sign your application electronically (type your full name exactly as shown on your passport)
  • Include your receipt for the processing fee
  • Upload all supporting documentation
  • Choose "other" as the document type and have your letter of invitation to the 2022 program.

If there's an error in your application, you will receive an email notification. You'll need to correct any inaccuracies before resubmitting it by the deadline specified on your invitation to apply letter.

Processing Time

The average process time for an application is between 20 and 24 months, as per the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

If you and the individual you're sponsoring pass the requirements, IRCC will send you a request to link your application to an online account via mail or email. So you can check the status of your application online.


Eligible applicants will be approved via a lottery system. And because IRCC wants a fair and transparent lottery system, it eliminates duplicate applications and assures that the lottery is completely random.

To be considered for sponsorship, make sure you meet all of the eligibility requirements and complete the Interest to Sponsor form completely and precisely.

Other Alternatives

If your application was not selected in the lottery, your parents might be able to qualify for a super visa instead. The Super Visa Program permits parents and grandparents to visit Canada for ten years as long-term guests on a multi-entry visa. A Super Visa, unlike regular visiting visas, allows visa holders to stay in Canada for up to two years after their initial entry.

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