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Canada Invites Sponsors in Parents or Grandparents Program

Updated: May 13

On October 10, 2023, Canada started inviting potential sponsors, who had submitted their interest to sponsor forms under the Parents and Grandparents Program in 2020, to apply for sponsorship.

This year, 24,200 invitations to apply will be sent between October 10 and 23, 2023. However, Canada’s objective is to accept up to 15,000 complete applications.

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Canada Invites Sponsors in Parents or Grandparents Program

The Parents and Grandparents Program aids Canadian citizens and permanent residents in bringing their parents and grandparents to live with them in Canada.

This news will undoubtedly come as a relief to many families who have been waiting to reunite with their loved ones. If you’re thinking of sponsoring your parents or grandparents to come to Canada, then you need to understand the application process thoroughly.

Have you received an Invitation for Permanent Residency (PR) for your parent or grandparent?

The invited applicants must submit the application within the timeline mentioned in the letter of invitation. Therefore, the eligible sponsors who received the invitation to apply should complete their application as soon as possible. Navigating the PR application process can be daunting. We have seen firsthand the complexities and challenges that individuals face when navigating the immigration process. Applying for a Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship PR (Permanent Residency) application can be a particularly daunting task due to its many nuances and strict deadlines. Our experienced team understands the importance of family and we're dedicated to making the immigration process as smooth as possible. We offer comprehensive assistance to help you complete the PR application before the deadline. ✅ Expert Guidance ✅ Timely Application Submission ✅ Stress-free Process Don't miss this opportunity! Let us take care of the complexities, while you focus on the joy of reuniting with your loved ones.

Checking Your Invitation Status?

We often receive inquiries about how one can ascertain if they've been invited to apply for the sponsorship of their parents and grandparents. If you are chosen to apply for sponsorship, IRCC notifies you directly. This is primarily done through email, where IRCC sends you a notification containing all the relevant information and the next steps for your application. However, we understand that emails can sometimes get buried under other messages or accidentally land in your spam folder. To counter this, IRCC has established a system on its website where the status of every confirmation number is updated whenever invitations to apply are issued. When you submit an 'Interest to Sponsor' form, you receive a confirmation number. This number acts as a unique identifier for your application. To check whether you've been invited to apply, you simply need to locate your confirmation number and input it into the designated area on our website. This allows you to confirm your invitation status at any time.

How to Apply for Parents and Grandparents Program

If you've received an invitation to apply for the sponsorship of your parents or grandparents, congratulations! This is a significant step towards reuniting your family in Canada. However, it's essential to understand that there are two distinct applications involved in this process. Firstly, you'll need to submit an application to become a sponsor. This is where you, as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, express your willingness and financial ability to support your parents or grandparents once they arrive in Canada. Secondly, your parents or grandparents themselves must apply for permanent residence. This application is crucial as it allows them to live, work, and enjoy the benefits of being a permanent resident in Canada. It's important to note that both the sponsorship application and the permanent residence application should be submitted online simultaneously. This is a requirement and helps streamline the process, ensuring that both applications are assessed concurrently. Furthermore, keep in mind that there is a specific deadline for submitting these applications. The deadline will be clearly stated in your invitation to apply letter. It's critical to adhere to this deadline as no extensions or exceptions are granted. Timely submission of your applications will ensure that they are processed without delay. In conclusion, receiving an invitation to apply is just the beginning of your journey toward sponsoring your parents or grandparents. By understanding the application process and meeting all requirements, you're one step closer to turning your dream of family reunification into reality.

How Chitra & Associates Can Help in Sponsoring Your Parents or Grandparents in Canada

Chitra & Associates is a trusted firm that has Regulated Canadian Immigration consultants (RCICs) that can provide invaluable assistance when it comes to sponsoring your parents and grandparents in Canada. We offer comprehensive services, which include guiding you through the process, helping prepare necessary documents, ensuring the eligibility of both sponsor and sponsored individuals, and managing the application from start to finish. With our extensive knowledge of Canadian immigration laws and procedures, we can effectively navigate the complexities of your sponsorship process, significantly enhancing the chances of a successful application. Our team is committed to delivering personalized service, keeping you informed at every step, and addressing any concerns promptly and professionally. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you bring your family together in Canada.

Not Invited to Apply?

If you didn’t receive an invitation to apply, don’t panic. There are other ways to bring your parents and grandparents to Canada. One option is the Super Visa. The Super Visa is a fantastic option for parents and grandparents who wish to visit their children or grandchildren in Canada. But what exactly is a Super Visa, and how does it work? In essence, a Super Visa is a multi-entry visa that provides an opportunity for parents and grandparents to visit their loved ones in Canada for extended periods. Unlike standard visas, which typically only allow six months per visit, a Super Visa enables you to stay for up to five years at a time. Even better, it remains valid for up to ten years, allowing for multiple entries during this period.


Reuniting with your loved ones through the Parents and Grandparents Program is a great opportunity for Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Knowing the steps to apply for the sponsorship invitation is crucial to ensure your application is successful and to avoid any errors or delays. Understanding the process will make the journey of reunification with your family a smooth one.

A Cautionary Note: The foregoing provides only an overview and does not constitute legal advice. Readers are cautioned against making any decisions based on this material alone. Rather, specific legal advice should be obtained, and the readers are asked to refer to the government website for the most updated information.


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