Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Visa
You can sponsor your parents or grandparents via the parent and grandparent sponsorship program. To do this, you must:
- Prove that you can financially support them according to the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) requirement.
- Agree to support any family members that they choose to sponsor.
Super Visa for Parents and Grandparents
Some Canadian citizens or permanent residents may not be able to support their parents and grandparents under the above visa conditions. Such individuals can help their parents and grandparents attain a long-term multiple-entry visa called the Super Visa. To do this, applicants must:
- Count as a parent or grandparent of a Canadian permanent resident or citizen.
- Possess medical insurance from a qualifying Canadian insurance company.
Sponsorship applicants must also complete a medical exam before submitting their application.
Dependent Children Sponsorship
IRCC’s Child Sponsorship program allows permanent residents and citizens to bring their biological or adopted children to Canada. These children must be:
- Under the age of 22
- Unmarried and may not have children of their own
Children above the age of 22 could be considered dependent if they have a severe physical or mental health condition that hinders their ability to support themselves.
Sponsoring a Relative to Canada
It may be possible to sponsor an extended relative under exceptional circumstances. This situation typically applies to relatives classified as “Lonely Canadians.” These are individuals without a spouse, children, parents, or grandparents.
Canadian Spousal Sponsorship
You can use the Canadian Family Sponsorship visa to sponsor your spouse or common-law partner to Canada. There are two different types of Canadian spousal sponsorship applications:
1. Inland Spousal Sponsorship
You can sponsor your spouse or your common-law partner who is currently in Canada only if:
- You are already a Canadian permanent resident or citizen of Canada.
- You currently live in Canada or intend to return to Canada after your spouse receives permanent resident status.
- You are willing and capable of covering your spouse’s financial needs for three years.
2. Outland Spousal Sponsorship
You can sponsor your spouse or common-law partner who is currently outside Canada only if:
- You are already a Canadian permanent resident or citizen of Canada
- You cannot apply from within Canada or do not lawfully reside in Canada while your spouse’s application is in process.