The process for sponsoring a family member is a two-step process. One is the Sponsorship Application, the Second being the Permanent Residency Application. The Sponsorship is initiated by the sponsor and at the same time, the Permanent Residency application is initiated by the family member being sponsored.
Generally, Sponsors must meet the following requirements for eligibility:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
- File an application to sponsor family member
- Reside in Canada (or in some cases abroad as long as the Sponsor demonstrates their intension to reside in Canada when the family member becomes a Permanent Resident)
- Not be subject to any bars to sponsorship
- Fulfill financial requirements, unless exempt
- Sign an Undertaking* and a Sponsorship Agreement
* The sponsor is financially responsible for the family member being sponsored for a duration that ranges anywhere from 3 to 20 years, depending on the relationship of the person being sponsored. This commitment is referred to as the ‘Undertaking’.
There are specific rules and requirements defining a Family Sponsorship, and what constitutes a Spouse, Common-Law partner, Conjugal partner, Dependent child etc. for the purposes of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. There are also some considerations when looking at Bars to Sponsorships, and it is therefore important to work closely with an experienced licensed immigration consultant in considering the best options and preparing applications when Sponsoring a family member or loved one.
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