Who can’t sponsor a parent or grandparent?
Individuals are not eligible to sponsor a parent and/or grandparent if they:
- Are less than 18 years old;
- Will not live in Canada when applying to sponsor the parent and/or grandparent and/or when the sponsored parent and/or grandparent becomes a permanent resident
- As a potential sponsor, an applicant's primary residential address must be in Canada at the time of applying and until a decision is made on the application.
- Are not Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, or a registered Indian in Canada
- Are a temporary resident who is visiting, studying, or working in Canada on a visa or permit
- Have a permanent residence application that is still in process
- A potential sponsor must have permanent resident status at the time of submitting the sponsorship application.
- Cannot show proof of income that demonstrates they has the required Minimum Necessary Income (MNI).
In addition, individuals may not be eligible to sponsor a parent and grandparent if they:
- Are in jail, prison, or penitentiary
- Did not pay back:
- an immigration loan
- a performance bond
- court-ordered family support payments such as alimony or child support
- Did not give the financial support they agreed to when signing a sponsorship agreement to sponsor a relative in the past
- Declared bankruptcy and are not discharged
- Receive social assistance for a reason other than a disability
- Were convicted of a violent criminal offence, any offence against a relative or any sexual offence inside or outside Canada
- Cannot legally stay in Canada and must leave the country because they received a Removal Order.
IRCC may have additional reasons for considering a person ineligible to sponsor a parent and/or grandparent.