Parents & grandparents’ sponsorship

Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents

Parents and Grandparents Program update: We have changed how sponsors can apply for 2017. Find out more about this change.

If you received an email saying you’re invited to apply, you have 90 days from the date the email was sent to you to send your complete application using the application package below. If your application is not received within 90 days, it will not be part of the 2017 intake. You will not be able to apply again this year.

If you received an email saying you’re not invited to apply, you’ll have the opportunity to show your interest to sponsor your parent or grandparent again in 2018.

If you want your parent or grandparent to visit you in Canada for an extended period of time, you also have the option to apply for a super visa.

Use this application if you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident living in Canada who  wants to sponsor the following family members living abroad:

  • Parents or
  • Grandparents.

This application package includes:

How to use this application package

Read the Instruction Guide to fill out your application forms.

  • Use the Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM 1344) form and the Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008). You can fill them out and save them using a computer. You will need Adobe Reader 10 or higher. You must also turn JavaScript on.
  • Filling out the forms on a computer is easier than filling them out by hand. It reduces the risk of mistakes that can slow down the application process.
  • Trouble downloading? Right-click the link and select “Save Target As…”

Fill out, validate, print, sign and date your application forms.

To make sure you submit all the pages of each form, follow these steps.

IMM 1344 and IMM 0008 forms

  1. Click the "Validate" button at the top or bottom of the form.

    Note: Validating the form before printing makes sure that you have answered all the questions. This will help you to avoid delays in processing your application.

  2. A last page with barcodes and a signature line will automatically be created.
  3. Print, sign and date the form.
  4. For best results:
    • print on white, bond-quality, non-glossy paper and
    • use a laser printer.
  5. Place the barcode page on top of your package. If you have more than one package, place a separate barcode page on each one.

Other forms:

Use the Document Checklist to make sure that you include all the other forms and documents you need.

Pay the fees

You must include the fee with your application. Find out how to pay your fees.

Mail your completed application to the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.