Parent & Grandparent Sponsorship – Are you ready

Jatinder Rosha
Jatinder Rosha
Jatinder Rosha

You can sponsor your parent or grandparent if you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada and if you are 18 years of age or older. They can become a permanent resident under the Family Class. Dependent children under the age of  19 and single can also be included in the application. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will accept new applications to sponsor parents and grandparents starting January 4, 2016. Applications received before January 4, 2016 will not be accepted and will be returned to the applicant. There will a cap on number of applications that will be accepted under this category. Last year it was capped at 5000.

To be eligible for Family Class sponsorship, the sponsor must also exceed the minimum necessary income level for this program. If married or in a common-law relationship, the income of both can be included. Under new regulations that came into effect last year you must demonstrate that for the three consecutive taxation years preceding the date of application, your income is equal or greater than annual MNI (MINIMUM NECESSARY INCOME) plus 30% for each of the three years & it must be on the date on which the sponsorship application is signed until the day your family members are permanent residents.

Now the government will only accept Notice of Assessment or Option C print out issued by CRA. So, no accountant letters or pay slip copies will do.

Federal Income Table for Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship
Size of Family Unit Minimum Income
Minimum Income
Minimum Income
2 persons $38,272 $37,708 $36,637
3 persons $47,051 $46,354 $45,040
4 persons $57,125 $56,280 $54,685
5 persons $64,791 $63,833 $62,023
6 persons $73,072 $71,991 $69,950
7 persons $81,355 $80,153 $77,879
If more than 7 persons, for each additional person, add $8,271 $8,148 $7,929

The sponsorship obligation period for the sponsors is for 20 years. In other words sponsor must sign an undertaking to repay any provincial social assistance benefits paid to the sponsored person and accompanying family member(s), if any, for a period of 20 year.

Jatinder Rosha  is Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant  and can be reached at or Cell-604-725-9091.