Parental Sponsorship

Parental Sponsorship

IRCC has changed the program format, to a lottery system, from the first come first served model that was in place in 2019.

Individuals will have limited time to submit an Interest to Sponsor form and enter the draw. After November 3rd, IRCC will randomly select 10,000 individuals and issue an invitation to apply to individuals to sponsor their parents or grandparents.  Based on past years, IRCC will issue draw results 2 to 3 months after the draw closes.

To be eligible to sponsor:

  • You must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • You must be 18 years of age or older
  • You must meet or exceed the minimum necessary income (MNI) requirement for Family Sponsorship
  • You must sign an undertaking agreement that commits you to provide financial support for your sponsored parents or grandparents and repay any provincial social assistance benefits paid to the sponsored family members for 20 years. 
  • If the sponsor lives in Quebec, an additional undertaking agreement must be signed

Sponsors must provide three Notices of Assessment from the CRA to IRCC to prove that they meet the minimum necessary income requirement.

If you do not qualify for Parental PR sponsorship because you do not meet the MNI for the 3-year period, you can apply for a Super Visa as the income required is only for 1-year and it is about 30% lower.