Many Canadian citizens (including previous immigrants) and permanent residents aspire to sponsor their parents and grandparents to Canada.
Let us in this blog explore the uniqueness of this sponsorship program.
The uniqueness of the Sponsoring Parents and Grandparents to Become Permanent Residents of Canada program was that the application selected under the same became eligible for PR status.
Thus immediately after its launch, the program was an instant hit and the IRCC
received a huge number of applications for the same.
Here are the general steps for sponsoring your parents and grandparents:
Check Your Eligibility: Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria to be a sponsor. Generally, you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, be at least 18 years old, and meet certain financial requirements to support your family members.
on the Interest to Sponsor List: The process for sponsoring parents
and grandparents is typically a two-step process. First, you must express
your interest in sponsoring by submitting an online form when it opens.
The Government of Canada usually announces the opening of this form each
year. Make sure to monitor their official website for updates.
to Apply: If your interest to sponsor is accepted, you will be entered
into a random selection process. If you are chosen, you will receive an
Invitation to Apply (ITA).
the Application: Once you receive an ITA, you will have a limited time
to complete the sponsorship application and all required documentation.
This includes proof of income and financial ability to support your family
and Approval: The government will process your application and
evaluate your eligibility. If approved, your parents or grandparents will
be granted permanent resident status.
Visa for Parents and Grandparents: While waiting for the sponsorship
application to be processed, you can also consider applying for a Super
Visa, which allows your parents and grandparents to visit you in Canada
for an extended period. This is a separate application.
- Family Members' Obligations: As a sponsor, you will be financially responsible for your parents or grandparents for a specific period. You must commit to supporting them and ensuring they do not rely on social assistance from the Canadian government.
You will be able to sponsor your parents if:
- You submitted your interest to sponsor form in 2020
- You get invited to sponsor your parents for the 2023 intake
The government shall send 24,200 invitations and their goal is to accept up to 15,000 complete applications.
If you get invited then you need to submit:
- The sponsorship application and,
- The permanent residence application
You do not have to wait for another round of sponsorship intake as IRCC has other different routes to help you reunite with your parents:
Super Visa – We have already published the blog post on this route. You can check it out here – Super Visa
Visitor Visa – A Visitor Visa for Canada, also known as a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), is a document that allows individuals who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents to visit Canada for a temporary stay. Visitor visas are typically granted for tourism, visiting family or friends, attending business meetings, or other short-term purposes.
We will also try to make a blog post on
Visitor Visa for you.
However, we have already published a detailed blog post last Monday explaining both, Super Visa and Visitor Visa in detail. You can check it out here and get a better idea of which one to go for. Super Visa vs. Visitor Visa
We have also done a video on Super Visa vs. Visit Visa wherein our RCIC Dhruv Sharma has explained the difference between the two with the chances of success rate. Here's the link: Super Visa vs. Visitor Visa.
The government's official website and consulting with an immigration expert are your best sources of information when it comes to sponsoring your parents and grandparents to Canada.
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- Cover Letter - We have explained what goes in a Cover Letter and have provided you with the tools to automatically generate one for you. However, for a perfect customized cover letter contact us.
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