Parental and Grandparental Sponsorship Requirements

Posted in Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship

The parental sponsorship category is scheduled to reopen in January 2015 and is part of Canada's commitment to unite families. Eligible permanent residents and Canadian citizens who qualify to sponsor may facilitate their parents or grandparents for permanent resident status.

In order to qualify as a sponsor, you must:

  • be 18 years of age or older,
  • be a Canadian citizen, Registered Indian or permanent resident,
  • be sponsoring a member of the family Class,
  • sign an undertaking promising to provide for your parents basic requirements
  • meet the LICO requirements

As you intend to be sponsoring your parent or grandparent, there are other factors that you should consider as well. Essentially, you will need to demonstrate the validty of your relationship as well as your financial capabilities.

You will need to be able to financially demonstrate that you meet the minimum requirements of the Low Income Cut Off (LICO). The LICO is the minimum necessary income you will require, as the sponsor, in order to qualify for sponsoring your parents or grandparents.

The LICO is based on your family size and the size of the family you are sponsoring. For example, if you have a wife and child and intend on sponsoring your grandparents, this would count as 5 people. According to the LICO, you would need a minimum necessary income of $49, 102.00 CAD. See below for the LICO requirements:

Size of Family Unit

Minimum necessary income

1 person (the sponsor)


2 persons


3 persons


4 persons


5 persons


6 persons


7 persons


More than 7 persons, for each additional person, add


Note that the financial undertaking when sponsoring your parents is 10 years. This means that you are financially responsible for your parents for 10 years starting from the date they obtain their permanent resident status.

Contact Akrami & Associates Immigration Law firm


For further information with respect to your Canadian immigration, we invite you to contact our experienced immigration representatives. 

Tags: Parental and Grandparental Sponsorship Requirements Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Family Class Sponsorship Canadian Permanent Residence Canadian Immigration

Book a Consultation with Akrami & Assocaites

Book a Consultation Session!

One of our immigration specialists will assist you with your matter. Book Now!

Call Akrami & Assocaites

Call or Email us for more Information!

+1-416-477-2545 | Toll Free: 1-877-820-7121 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Write to Akrami & Assocaites

Write Us (Online Form)

Leave us your information and one of our immigration specialist will contact you. Click here

  • Reviews

    Shabnam, I wanted to personally thank you for all your hard work and dedication to me and my wife. Our new lives together are all thanks to you. Considering the unique circumstances that initially prevented her, I had lost hope. I will make sure that if anyone I know needs immigration help, I will be sending them your way. Again, I can’t thank you enough.

    Frank T. Rating StarRating StarRating StarRating StarRating Star
  • Reviews

    We have used Akrami & Associates for all of our immigration needs. They have never let us down and we couldn’t be happier. They took care of us from start to finish with little effort on our part. An excellent group of legal professionals.

    Michael W. Rating StarRating StarRating StarRating StarRating Star
  • Reviews

    Akrami & Associates was extremely professional and the most efficient legal team I have ever had the pleasure of dealing. They responded to my emails quickly, never missed a phone call and explained the process to me in such a way that anyone could understand, even me. Thanks to them, I was able to hire the workers my business needed mush sooner than I had ever expected. You can’t go wrong with them.

    Fahim S. Rating StarRating StarRating StarRating StarRating Star
  • Reviews

    Fantastic news, I entered Canada without a hitch. Once the guard at the border saw the package you had prepared for me, he took about ten minutes and handed me my permit. What I relief! I don’t know why I ever tried this without you guys! Thank you!

    Paul R. Rating StarRating StarRating StarRating StarRating Star
  • Reviews

    I got my visitors visa thanks to Shabnam. I just want to thank her and all the team for her hard work. They all did a very good job.

    Lucy A. Rating StarRating StarRating StarRating StarRating Star
  • Reviews

    Reception was very nice and was sure to answer the questions he could but made sure I was taken care of by a rep at the firm. Shabnam was extremely helpful and I will be calling again when I am ready to proceed.

    Salvatore M. Rating StarRating StarRating StarRating StarRating Star