Why Can’t I Sponsor My Parents to Canada?


If you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, you can sponsor family members and spouses to come to Canada as permanent residents. Until November 2011, you could also apply sponsor your parents and grandparents to come to Canada. 

However, a giant backlog of applications that was taking years and years to process resulted in the government putting a pause on the sponsorship of parents and grandparents.

How can I have my grandparents and parents come to Canada?

As a compromise, the government of Canada introduced the SuperVisa. This SuperVisa is a visitor visa for Canada that will allow your parents and grandparents to enter Canada multiple times over 10 years for two years at a time. The permanent resident or Canadian citizen who wants their parents and grandparents to visit them will have to apply for the SuperVisa for their parents or grandparents.

The requirements of a SuperVisa are:

Applicants must obtain private medical insurance so they can cover their own health expenses or emergencies while in Canada.

Applicants must make at least $17,000 per year.

While this compromise is not so super, parent and grandparent sponsorship applications were taking many years to process, and this way you can have your parents or grandparents visit you now. The processing time for these visas is supposed to be about eight weeks.

Beware: SuperVisa applications are being denied in record numbers! Don’t leave something as important as your parents or grandparents visiting you to chance. Seek professional assistance! We have been helping people come to Canada for over 15 years, and we can help you too. Give us a call at the number at the top of this page or email us using the form on the right.

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