Family Sponsorship

Family Class Sponsorship Program is helping people to reunite their families. Under this program, Canadian citizens or permanent residents can sponsor their children, parents, and grandparents living abroad. Also, they can sponsor other dependents for Canadian residence.

Parents and Grandparents Program

PGP category allows Canadian citizens or permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents for permanent residency. Once approved, such parents and grandparents may eventually be able to apply for Canadian citizenship.

If you are a Canadian citizen (or permanent resident of Canada) aged 18 years or older, residing in Canada and have income 30% more than the low-income cut-off (LICO), you are eligible for PGP.

(Note:LICO is determined by the Canadian Government and is based on your gross annual income.)

Apart from the above, applicants must sign an undertaking stating

  • to support financially the sponsored for 20 years.
  • to repay any social assistance benefits (if any) paid to sponsored for 20 years.

Note: If for any reason, you can’t go for Permanent Residence option, you can get benefit of Super Visa for parents and grandparents. This is a multiple-entry visa which is valid for up to 10 years.

Super Visa

A Super Visa is a kind of visitor visa which has been specified for parents or grandparents of Permanent Residents or Canadian citizens. Super Visa allows its holders to live in Canada up to 2 years without any need to renew their status. This visa can help the parents and grandparents to stay in Canada temporarily. However, to get permanent residence, the parents and grandparents need to be sponsored by their children or grandchildren.

  • Generally, Super Visa is a kind of Visitor Visa but there is a difference in both of these categories. The major difference between these two visa options is the duration of stay for which a visa holder is allowed to stay in Canada. Visitor Visa usually permits a stay for 6-month time period. However, Super Visa allows a prolonged stay for 2 years.
  • If you want to stay in Canada for more than two years, then you can also apply for an extension in your Super Visa when needed.

To be eligible for Super Visa, parents or grandparents must:

  • provide documents supporting their sponsor in Canada proving relationship and meeting minimum income
  • purchase Canadian Health Insurance for at least 1 year of or above required limit.
  • clear an immigration medical examination.

After meeting these requirements, the parents or grandparents can come to Canada as a long-term visitor on multiple-entry visas valid for ten years.

Sponsorship for Children or other Dependents

You can sponsor your dependents or children for permanent residence in Canada. As per dependent child definition, a child is dependent who is unmarried and under 22 years of age. However, there are some expectations in place for children above 22.


As with every other sponsorship stream, here are some requirements for this sponsorship category.

Parents of sponsored child must be:

  • Permanent Residents or Canadian citizens.
  • at least aboe 18.
  • Having valid proof of relationship with the dependent child (for both adopted and biological).

Although there is no minimum income requirement to sponsor a dependent child if sponsored child doesn’t have any child. However, in other case, you must meet the requirement of LICO.

Do you need further assistance? Contact CMC Immigration.