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February 1 is the Deadline for Applying to Parents and Grandparents Program-Interest to Sponsor

January 2018, 30
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Citizens of Canada and its permanent residents who are interested in sponsoring their parents/grandparents to attain permanent residence can submit their form until February 1 regarding the Interest to Sponsor them.

The form can be obtained until 12 p.m. EST on February 1.

This form is not an application per se, but by filling it, the applicant takes the first step of sponsoring. After this deadline is over IRCC will randomly select and invite interested sponsors to submit an application to the Parents and Grandparents Program.

IRCC has an aim of receiving 10,000 new applications for sponsorship in 2018.

Using this program, Citizens of Canada and its permanent residents who are above 18 years can sponsor their parents /grandparents to attain permanent residence in Canada.

The sponsors must first review the requirements for eligibility and make sure that they meet the norms to qualify for it.

Care should be given to the income requirements also. For completing the Interest to Sponsor form, all interested sponsors are required to declare that they fulfill the Minimum Necessary Income benchmark for supporting the persons they are sponsoring.

The MNI has been listed below for the benefit of the sponsors for every province and territory in Canada except Quebec, (which follows its own income norms). The sponsors need to provide evidence of meeting the minimum income requirements during the past three taxation years.


MNI  2017

MNI 2016

MNI 2015

2 people




3 people




4 people




5 people




6 people




7 people




Each additional person over 7




The sponsors who are invited to submit their applications are given 90 days to complete their application package from the date they receive an invitation.

The persons not selected will be notified and given another opportunity for sponsoring their parents/grandparents in the next year.

Citizens of Canada and its permanent residents who are interested to bring their parents/grandparents to the country for an extended visit can submit an application for a Super Visa, which is a visa allowing multiple-entries and the holders can stay in Canada for two years after they first arrive in the country. It has ten-year validity.

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