Canadian Spousal, Parents/Grandparents, Common-Law Partner, Conjugal Partner, Dependent Child, Refugee, and More

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There are many programs available for individuals wanting to make Canada their home. These programs can generally be classified into the Economic, Family, and Refugee/Protected Persons categories. Canada's immigration objectives are designed to enrich and strengthen Canadian society's social, economic, and cultural fabric while facilitating the unification of families in Canada.

Many programs are available to reunite families in Canada, some of which are temporary (e.g., visitor visas) while others are permanent (e.g., sponsorships and adoptions). On average, approximately 260,000 Permanent Residents were accepted each year from 2014 to 2018 under Canada's Family Class program (mainly sponsorships).

In general, Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents may qualify to sponsor the following family members, depending on their specific situations and family unit:

  • Spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner.
  • Dependent child (or adopted) typically less than 22 years old, or 22 years and older if substantially reliant on a parent since before turning 22 and cannot self-support financially due to physical or mental condition.
  • Parents and grandparents
  • Orphaned siblings, nephews/nieces, or grandchildren of the sponsor, as long as the orphaned relative is under 18 years of age and not married or in a common-law relationship.
  • Other relatives, regardless of their age, if the Sponsor does not have Canadian relatives.

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Sponsorship Process

Sponsorship Process Sponsoring a family member is a two-step process consisting of the Sponsorship Application and the Permanent Residency Application. The sponsor initiates the sponsorship, and at the same time, the Permanent Residency application is initiated by the family member being sponsored.

Sponsor Eligibility

Sponsor Eligibility Sponsors must generally meet the following requirements for eligibility:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Apply to sponsor a family member.
  • Reside in Canada (or, in some cases, abroad as long as the sponsor demonstrates their intention 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 in Undertaking* and a Sponsorship Agreement

*The sponsor is financially responsible for the family member being sponsored for a duration ranging 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 in Canada. There are also considerations when looking at Bars to Sponsorships. It is, therefore, essential to work closely with an experienced licensed immigration consultant when considering the best options and preparing applications for sponsoring a family member or loved one.

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