Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their parents and grandparents (PGP) for permanent residence. Sponsoring your mother, father, grandmother or grandfather allows reunify and bring your family to Canada. Learn about requirements, stages and process, timeline, get checklists, and more.
Show interest to sponsor. A sponsor can submit The Interest To Sponsor Form online sometime in January each year. We helped our clients to successfully submit online this form in 2019 and get an invitation. Read our blog for tips on how to succeed in the 2020 PGP. When and how to submit a form in 2020 for sponsoring parents and grandparents will be updated on IRCC’s website soon that you can check here.
The 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.
Get the correct application package. There are two applications that must be submitted together, not later than 60 days after an invitation to sponsor was received. The two applications are – sponsor’s application to become a sponsor and parents or grandparents application for permanent residence. A checklist and application forms can be found here. However, you should only start completing the forms after invited to apply, as the forms and required documents may be updated by the IRCC.
Pay government fees that will comprise of:
The faster way to pay these fees is to pay online on the IRCC’s website here.
Sponsoring parents to Canada will require to apply an application to be received by the IRCC not later than 60 days from an invitation. The specific deadline will be provided in the invitation.
Sponsored mother, father, or grandmother and grandfather will need to take medical exams, give biometrics, and provide police certificates when requested by the IRCC during the processing of their application.
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.
IRCC process applications to sponsor PGP within 20-24 months. Processing time starts the day IRCC receives a complete application and ends when they make a decision. It may take longer than 24 months if an application is not complete.