Canadian citizens and permanent residents have the option of reuniting with their parents and grandparents through two popular programs: Family Class sponsorship and the Super Visa program. Both programs allow for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents to come to Canada.

The Family Class sponsorship program includes a stream for the sponsorship of parents and grandparents by Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Sponsored parents and grandparents will be granted Canadian permanent residency and will have the opportunity to apply for Canadian Citizenship after four years of living in Canada as permanent residents. This program provides a pathway for parents and grandparents to join their loved ones in Canada and start a new life. It is a popular option for reuniting families in Canada.

To be considered eligible for the Family Class sponsorship program, the sponsor in Canada must fulfill the following requirements:
  • Must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must meet the minimum necessary income level, combined with spouse's income if married or in a common-law relationship
  • The sponsor and the sponsored relative must sign a sponsorship agreement which outlines the sponsor's commitment to provide financial support if needed. The agreement also requires the sponsored relative to make efforts to support themselves. Dependent children under 22 are exempt from signing this agreement. Additionally, Quebec residents must sign a binding "undertaking" with the province.
  • The sponsor must make a promise to offer financial support to the sponsored relative for a span of 20 years starting from the date the sponsored relative obtains permanent residency in Canada.

Sponsors are required to demonstrate that they meet the minimum income requirements in order to sponsor their relative. This can be done by submitting notices of assessment issued by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) to support their sponsorship application. The notices must show that the sponsor has consistently met the minimum necessary income level for three consecutive years. This step is important to ensure that the sponsored relative will not need to rely on social assistance.

If you meet the requirements listed or have any questions, reach out to Global Era Immigration for further information and assistance.