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Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship

Are you a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident?
Do you want to sponsor your parent or grandparent to Canada?
At Bellissimo Law Group PC we can help!


Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor their parent(s) or grandparent(s). The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced important changes to the application process for parent and grandparent sponsorship. In an effort to improve the application process, IRCC has now instituted a “first-in, first served model.” Invitations to apply to the program will be issued to the first 20,000 sponsors who complete the Interest to Sponsor form.

The new application processing system has similar elements to the Express Entry system. Canadian citizens and permanent residents who wish to sponsor their parents or grandparents are required to first complete an online form advising of their interest in making a sponsorship application.  The interest form is made available only at the beginning of the year and only for a limited period of time. It requires basic personal information from potential sponsor(s) and applicant(s), such as name, address, date of birth, etc. Once the information has been submitted, the interested sponsor will receive a confirmation number. The government then invites a select number of potential sponsors to submit completed application. Only those candidates who have been chosen will be invited to apply to the parent and grandparent sponsorship category. Potential sponsors must submit their completed application within 60 days of the date of the invitation.

Invitations to apply for the 2019 years were sent out between 24 – 27 April 2019. If you received an invitation, please note that your completed application must be submitted to IRCC on or before 28 June 2019. Applications received after 28 June 2019 will be returned to the sponsor. Should you require assistance with this application, please contact our office immediately.

Who can sponsor?

Canadian citizens, permanent residents and persons registered in Canada as an Indian under the Indian Act may sponsor their parent and/or grandparents if they are 18 years of age and residing in Canada. Temporary residents, including individuals with applications for permanent residence in process, are not eligible to sponsor their family members.

Sponsors cannot be subject to a removal order, or be in prison, jail or a penitentiary, and cannot be in receipt of social assistance (excluding disability). Sponsors must also have no outstanding sponsorship undertakings, immigration or court order debts, or undischarged bankruptcies. Individuals who were convicted of attempting, threatening to commit or committing a violent offence, of any offence against a family member, or of any sexual offence (either inside or outside of Canada) may not be eligible to act as a sponsor.

Finally, individuals hoping to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents must meet specific income requirements. These vary depending on the number of individuals the sponsor is financially responsible for (ie: including their spouse and dependent children). Once the sponsor is invited to apply, proof of income must be provided for each of the 3 taxation years preceding the date of the application, through submission of Notices of Assessment for the sponsor from the Canada Revenue Agency. Sponsors may have a co-signer, such as their spouse or common law partner, to ensure that they meet the financial requirements. The co-signers proof of income must be submitted for the preceding three taxation years before the application. Co-signers must meet the same eligibility requirements as the sponsor. Siblings cannot be co-sponsors. Certain revenues (for instance: child tax benefits or unemployment insurance) cannot be included in the income calculations.

Undertaking and Sponsorship Agreement

As part of the sponsorship application, sponsors (and co-signers, where applicable) must include a signed undertaking and sponsorship agreement. The undertaking commits the sponsor to providing financial support for the basic needs of the individual being sponsored for a period of 20 years. Sponsors are also committing to repaying any provincial social assistance received by the sponsored parent and/or grandparent during the period of time of the undertaking. The undertaking is binding regardless of a change in the sponsors situation or in their relationship with the applicant.

Please note that sponsors residing in Quebec are subject to different immigration sponsorship requirements. These sponsors are first assessed (and must be approved) by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and then by the province of Quebec. An undertaking is also specifically signed with the province of Quebec.

Who can apply?

Parents or grandparents who are related to the sponsor by blood or adoption may apply for permanent residence as a member of the family class. Spouses of the parent or grandparent who are not related by blood or birth (but were introduced following divorce, as an example) may also be sponsored. Finally, dependent children of the parent or grandparent may be included on the application if they qualify. For reference, children are considered ‘dependant’ if they are under the age of 22 and do not have a spouse or common law partner. Children over the age of 22 may still qualify as dependants if they are financially dependent on a parent due to a physical or mental condition and they have depended on their parent for financial support since before the age of 22.

Perhaps most importantly, individuals who apply for permanent residence as a member of the family class must meet all eligibility requirements, including those related to medical and criminal inadmissibility

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14:53 01 Jun 19
I sponsored my parents in 2007 and I was refused in 2013 based on medical inadmissibility of my mentally challenged brother. I found Late Mr. Rotenberg as my original lawyer who passed away during the process. I was very disappointed as I was counting on his expertise to help me with my situation. Mr. Bellissimo was God send for me to help me with my case. I am very thankful that he took on my case. His team member Ms. Tamara Thomas worked with me and advised me with regards to the documents that I needed to obtain, they did extensive research on eligibility criteria of various social and health systems. They worked with me on the interview preparation. The time spend working with them was very targeted and very specific to address the Minister's concerns. They ensured there was no further waste in time or any delays. The way they presented my case and helped me win it only a world class Law firm can do that as there were times I was going to lose my hopes. I would totally recommend this law firm to anyone who is going through similar situation as mine with both hands down. Mr. Bellissimo and the team (Ms. Tamara Thomas) you guys are amazing and thank you so much again for reuniting me with my family in my beautiful dream country Canada.
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17:46 04 Jun 19
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Hands down i would never done it by myself if it wasn't for Mr. Mario and Ms. Anderson hard work, I was facing deportation and they helped me step by step to get through it to be honest I am very forgetful person and Ms. Anderson always keep me on track and follow up with me making sure i get things done and send to her and they always keep me updated on everything, I am no longer facing such difficulties and i can stay in Canada. i would recommend Bellissiomo Law Group to all friends and Family. thank you again.
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16:00 12 Aug 19
Bellissimo Law has been the greatest help we could have asked for our journey. Our case needed an appeal which was very well organized, documented and presented to the authorities. We received a positive decision on the case all because of the expertise of Mr. Bellissimo and team. Keely and John are great at responding all smart and stupid questions and the team is very prompt to answer emails. They have the entire process streamlined, right from extension to evidences which makes our job easier. We got the quotes from some of the other law firms too who are all good and had lower charges. We chose Bellisimo because they are the best and in the long term a few extra bucks won't matter but the results will. Highly recommended.
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11:58 30 Aug 19
Bellissimo Law Firm has great lawyers who have handled our immigration case. The staff was very professional. We are very happy with their service.We had to go through a tough ordeal because of misrepresentation earlier and our file was rejected. That is when we assigned this case to Mario Bellissimo. I would happily refer his law firm to any one whose in the same situation as ours or any immigration related matter.I would like to mention a special thanks to Tamara who was in touch with us and kept as posted. Mario had 100% confidence in our case that we will win which was very assuring for me and my family. And we finally got our permanent residency.God bless him and his firm.
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