Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Program, also known as the Family Class sponsorship program is a dedicated stream for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Parents and grandparents who apply under this program receive Canadian permanent residence and eventually apply for Canadian citizenship.

To be eligible to sponsor in Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Program, an individual:
  • Must have a Canadian PR or Citizenship, or can be a registered Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be residing in Canada
  • Must be able to represent MNI ( minimum necessary income )
  • Must sign an undertaking
  • To provide basic financial support to the Parents or Grand Parents for 20 year.
  • If the sponsor resides in Quebec, an additional “undertaking” must be signed with the province of Quebec.
Super Visa program:

There is an alternative for Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents to bring a parent or grandparent to Canada.

The Super Visa Program allows parents and grandparents to come to Canada as long-term visitors on a multiple- entry visa that remains valid for up to 10 years. Unlike standard visitor visas, a Super Visa allows visa holders to stay in Canada for up to two years continuously

To be eligible for the Super Visa program, parents and grandparents must meet standard visitor visa requirements. In addition, they must:

  • Must provide a written commitment of financial support from the sponsor in Canada.
  • Must show that the sponsor in Canada meets MNI – Minimum Income Requirements.
  • Must prove that they have purchased Canadian health insurance for at least one year; and complete an immigration medical examination.
Seeking Professional Advice is Important:

Many believe TRV to be very elementary and simple and decide to apply by themselves but what is often not stressed enough is that TRV applications are the riskiest ones. The standard to be maintained is quite high in it or visa rejection chances double with minutest errors such as:

  • Misrepresentation of facts or information in the application is a leading cause of rejections; failing to add material information, failure to understand the documentation to be provided can be a few named reasons.
  • Missed deadlines – Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) have timelinelaid down for submission of immigration forms and applications. Missing the deadline can lead to a rejection of your application; maintaining the submission dates, and sufficient documentation is vital to not to get your application rejected.
  • Failure to provide the correct documentation can also be a reason for the refusal of your application.
  • Criminal record – it is essential to clear all criminal and background checks in all countries where the period of residence is more than 6 months. The intent of this process is to maintain the safety of Canadian residents and ensure the safe entry of immigrants to Canada.