Family Sponsorship

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Canada promotes family reunification and keeping loved ones together. There is a number of immigration programs that give Canadian citizens and permanent residents the opportunity to sponsor their family members to Canada. This is known as Family Sponsorship Class.

A Canadian citizen or a permanent resident can sponsor relatives or family members residing abroad if those relatives are:

Sponsoring a family member to immigrate to Canada comes with some obligations. The Canadian or permanent resident who is the sponsor will have to sign an undertaking agreement, which is like a promise to Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to take care of sponsored family member for a certain number of years after they receive permanent residency.

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Canada promotes family reunification and keeping loved ones together. Canadian citizens and permanent residents have the opportunity to sponsor their family members to Canada and there are several immigration programs that can help them to do that, as family reunification still remains one of the main pillars of the Canadian immigration system.

Canada sponsorship for family

The Family Class Sponsorship program helps family reunification by enabling citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their relatives for immigration to Canada.

In order to be eligible, the person wanting to immigrate must be a:

→ Spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner
→ Dependent child
→ Parent
→ Grandparent
→ Brother, sister, nephew, niece or grandchild

In Canada, sponsorship of family member comes with some significant obligations for the sponsor. The Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is the sponsor must sign an undertaking agreement and promise to Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to take care of the sponsored family member for a certain period of time after they receive permanent residency.

Canada sponsorship for spouse

If a Canadian citizen or permanent resident wants to sponsor their spouse, the individuals eligible for sponsorship must be under these categories:

→ Spouse: legally valid marriage certificate under Canadian law and under law where the marriage took place
→ Common-law partner: at least one year in a conjugal relationship
→ Conjugal partner: at least 12 months of conjugal relationship
→ Same-sex relationship: valid for immigration under the above categories

Canada sponsorship for children

If you want to sponsor your children they must qualify as dependants, which means:

→ They are under age of 22
→ They do not have a spouse or common law partner
→ They are over age of 22 and are unable to financially support themselves due mental or physical condition and they were depending financially from parents before they turned 22 years old

Canada sponsorship for parents and grandparents

If you have the intention to sponsor your parents and grandparents to Canada, the sponsorship program will help you sponsor them to become permanent residents of Canada, whether they are related to you by blood or adoption. The application intake for this sponsorship program opens usually once a year and if you qualify to sponsor your parents and grandparents then you need to prepare prior to its opening date.

Canada sponsorship for other eligible relatives

If you have sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews or grandchildren who are under the age of 18 and are orphaned and single, they may be sponsored to immigrate to Canada through a sponsorship program, as a permanent resident. If you do not have anyone in Canada , such as a partner, child, parent, grandparent or any other sibling in Canada, the sponsorship program will allow you to sponsor one relative.

As long as you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you are able to financially support your sponsored relative in Canada and you meet the definition of sponsor, this sponsorship program will help you reunite with your loved ones and help them to become permanent residents of beautiful Canada.

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