Sponsor Parents And Grandparent

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Who is eligible to sponsor their parents or grandparents?

If you would like to sponsor your parents or grandparents to enter Canada you must be a 18-year-old-or-older Canadian citizen or permanent resident and meet the minimum income requirement.

You may not be eligible to sponsor your parents or grandparents if you:

  • you won’t live in Canada when you apply to sponsor your parents and grandparents and/or when your parents and grandparents become permanent residents.
  • have already applied to sponsor the family members you are currently seeking to sponsor and a decision on that application hasn’t been made
  • declared bankruptcy and are not are not discharged (not applicable if you live in Quebec)
  • receive social assistance for a reason other than a disability
  • were convicted of attempting, threatening to commit or committing a violent criminal offence, any offence against a relative or any sexual offence inside or outside Canada
  • are in jail, prison, or a penitentiary
  • are under a removal order
  • didn’t pay back:
    • an immigration loan
    • a performance bond
    • court-ordered family support payments such as alimony or child support (not applicable if you live in Quebec)
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Reside in Canada (exceptions)
  • Exceed Minimum Necessary Income (MNI)
  • Meet Low-Income-Cut-Off (LICO), if applicable
  • Not have previous unfulfilled undertaking
  • Not be in prison, bankrupt or under a removal order
  • Not be convicted of certain criminal offences

Parents & Grandparents

  • Be related by blood or adoption to the sponsor (no in-laws)



Income Requirement

The minimum necessary income (MNI) requirement for the sponsorship of a parent or grandparent is equal to the low income cut-offs + 30%, taking into account the number of family members for whom the sponsors are or will be financially responsible. IRCC assesses whether or not the sponsor has a total income that is equal to or greater than the MNI that sponsors and a co-signer (where applicable) must meet to satisfy IRCC that they are able to provide the basic requirements, e.g. food, clothing, and shelter for themselves, the person(s) being sponsored and any other persons for whom they are responsible (including the sponsors themselves).

As evidence of meeting the income requirements, the sponsor must provide their Notice of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for each of the 3 taxation years right before the date of submitting application. For example, if you were invited to apply in 2020 and had your 2019 Notice of Assessment when you applied, you must submit your Notices of Assessment from 2019, 2018 and 2017.

The following table applies to residents of all provinces except Quebec. If you live in Quebec, the Quebec ministry in charge of immigration will assess your income.

Minimum Necessary Income for 2021

How much income do I need to sponsor my parents and grandparents? (cic.gc.ca)

Family sponsorship is a useful immigration program for those who do not qualify under the Express Entry - Federal Skilled Worker or the Canadian Experience Class. However, sponsorship application is an elaborate and complicated process where the applicant could easily be denied or rejected if there is a lack of crucial information or the detailed rules and procedures are not followed. Seeking assistance from licensed immigration professionals is the simplest and safest way to minimize chances of refusal or unnecessary delays of your sponsorship application. Contact Springwind Immigration today and we will help you with our professional consultation and documentation preparation.