Sponsoring Parents or Grandparents
When undertaking to sponsor your relatives, you will need to show proof that your income meets the guidelines. Your spouse or common-law partner can co-sign if he/she wants to.
Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) are accepting new applications in this category. For 2019, a total of 20,500 applications will be accepted, a considerable increase from the previous year and the “lottery system” has been abolished. The number of people who applied under the old system peaked at 95,000 so rather than have a large queue of applicants ahead of you and have to wait for IRCC to process them before your application is reached, it is advisable to apply early, which of course suggests it would be better to starting an application well in advance of the end of the year!
In order to sponsor, the children/grandchildren must have an income that is at least 30 percent above the Low Income Cut Off (LICO) for each of the 3 years prior to the application. There is also a “Super Visa” program for temporary residence in Canada, whereby parents and grandparents can stay in Canada for up to 24 months at a time. The “Super Visa” is valid for 10 years.