Foreign nationals may be selected as members of the Family Class on the basis of their relationship to a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident. Canadian citizens (including, in certain circumstances, those residing abroad with the intention to return to Canada to reside) and permanent residents (restricted to those residing in Canada, only), age eighteen (18) and over, may sponsor the following members of the Family Class (subject to meeting eligibility requirements) for Canada Immigration:
As an alternative to sponsorship of a parent/grandparent, the Government of Canada offers the "Parent and Grandparent Super Visa," which will be valid for up to ten (10) years. The multiple-entry visa will allow an applicant to remain in Canada for up to twenty-four (24) months at a time without the need for renewal of their status. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will be able to issue the visas, on average, within eight (8) weeks of the Application. This means that instead of waiting for eight (8) years, a parent or a grandparent can come to Canada within eight (8) weeks. Parent and Grandparent Super Visa applicants will be required to obtain private Canadian health-care insurance for their stay in Canada.