Permanent Residence Sponsorship

Canadian Residence Sponsorship for your spouse, partner, parents, and grandparents, processing times, and what to expect when you arrive in Canada

Permanent Residence Sponsorship

Permanent Residence through Family Sponsorship

If you are Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada and are at least 18 years old, you can sponsor your relatives, including your spouse, conjugal partner, common law partner, children, parents, grandparents, dependent relatives of qualifying relatives and others to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence to live, study and work in Canada.

Sponsoring a Spouse, Partner or Child

To sponsor your spouse, partner or dependent children, you may be living either in Canada or outside Canada. If you do not live in Canada, you must be a Canadian citizen and you must demonstrate that you will live in Canada when the sponsored person becomes a permanent resident. Eligible sponsors must:

• Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
• Be at least 18 years old
• Live in Canada, or plan to return to Canada once your spouse or partner becomes a permanent resident of Canada
• Be able and willing to provide for the basic financial needs of your family member for three years

Sponsoring a Parent or Grandparent

Eligible sponsors must:

• Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
• Be at least 18 years old
• Live in Canada
• Provide evidence that you have the financial needs to support the person you sponsor

Required Information and Documents of the Sponsor

• Complete and sign application documents
• Proof that you are a permanent resident or Canadian Citizen
• Copy of marriage certificate or proof of common-law or conjugal relationship (if applicable)
• If either spouse was previously married, copy of divorce, annulment, separation or death certificate
• Declaration of severance of any previous common-law relationship (if applicable)
• Proof of employment and/or income
• Proof that you intend to live in Canada with your spouse, common-law or conjugal partner and/or dependent children

Required Information and Documents of the Applicant

• Complete and sign application documents
• Undergo a medical examination
• Provide non-criminal record certificates
• Scanned copy of passport
• Provide photographs
• Complete any additional questionnaires or documents required for the country from which the application is being made


• Sponsorship applications take approximately 12 months to process.


Canada requires most immigration applicants to provide biometrics (fingerprints and photos). After paying your biometric fee when submitting your application, you will receive a letter from IRCC with instructions on how to provide your biometrics.

Medical Exam

Individuals applying for Canadian permanent residence must undergo a medical exam to ensure they are not medically inadmissible. You do not need to submit your medical exam with your application. After submitting your sponsorship application, IRCC will provide instructions on how to complete your medical exam. The medical exam must be with a doctor on IRCC’s list:


Super Visa for Parents or Grandparents

Canadian citizens may bring their parents and grandparents to Canada by Family Class sponsorship or the Super Visa program. This sponsorship program is one of the most widely used categories.

Sponsors who are unable to permanently support their parent or grandparent may be eligible for a Super Visa, a long term, multiple-entry visa for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

To be eligible for a super visa, you must:

Be the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
Have a signed letter from your child or grandchild who invites you to Canada that includes: a promise of financial support for the length of your visit, the list and number of people in the household of this person, a copy of this person’s Canadian citizenship or permanent resident document
Have medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company

If Sponsorship is Not an Option

If sponsorship is not an option, your relative may be eligible under another Canadian immigration program. Please contact us for further details and an assessment of which immigration program your relative might be eligible to apply for.

We understand the value of family and our fast and effective services will help for every immigration-related process.

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