This stream allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents so they can join them and stay in Canada permanently. While the program used for in the years 2017 and 2018 a lottery system for selection, starting 2019, the first-come, first-served technique is used. Individuals who are interested in sponsoring their parent(s)/grandparent(s) first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), then when invited, they can proceed with submitting the permanent residence application.
There are specific eligibility criteria need to be met by the Sponsor as well as the sponsored for the application to be accepted. For example, the sponsor must meet specific income criteria, sign an undertaking for 20-year period, and be:
- A Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Canada
- At least 18 years of age
- The child or grandchild of the sponsored person(s)
Another option that is available is the Super Visa. This does not qualify the sponsored person to apply for the permanent residence, but it allows multiple-entry to Canada over a 10-year period without the need to apply for several visitor visas.