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How does the Parents and Grandparents Program work?

The Parents and Grandparents Program intake typically opens once a year. It lets citizens and permanent residents of Canada sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada.

Here is how the program works:

Step 1: If you’re eligible to become a sponsor, you must submit an interest to sponsor form. This form is currently closed. It was last available from October 13, 2020, to November 3, 2020.

Step 2: After the online form closes, we review the form submissions and remove any duplicates.

We randomly select and invite potential sponsors to apply to sponsor their parents and grandparents. We email the invitations and post the invitation status on our website.

In 2024, we’ll invite potential sponsors from the remaining pool of interest to sponsor forms submitted in 2020.

Step 3: If you’re invited to apply, we must receive your application package by the deadline in your invitation. There are no exceptions. Complete and submit the required forms and supporting documents identified on the 2024 Document Checklist for Parents and Grandparents (IMM 5771).

Don’t prepare your application unless you’re invited to apply.If you apply without being invited, we’ll return your application without processing it.

Find out more about how to apply to sponsor your parents and grandparents.

If you live in Quebec, find out how to sponsor your parents and grandparents in Quebec.

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