For many individuals, sponsoring a relative for immigration to Canada is a topic that is sometimes surrounded by plenty of confusion. If you find yourself in similar shoes, we hope this article will clear things up for you.
We’ll be tackling a specific matter of the topic in this article. We’ll discuss who is eligible to be a sponsor, as well as who is eligible for sponsorship in the sections below.
Who can be a sponsor in Canada?
The basic requirements for becoming a sponsor in Canada are:
- You must be 18 years of age or older
- You must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a registered Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
- You have the financial capacity to support whoever it is you want to sponsor
- You agree to provide financial support to the sponsored party for a time period of up to 20 years, meeting their basics needs of food, clothing, and shelter, as well as paying any financial obligations they might have
- You will be living in Canada at the time the sponsored party becomes a permanent resident
Some jurisdictions and situations will call for additional requirements beyond this scope. Additionally, you are not eligible to be a sponsor in the following cases:
- You are in prison, jail, or penitentiary
- You have been convicted of a violent criminal offence inside or outside the country
- You have unsettled financial obligations to the Canadian government
- You have failed to meet your responsibilities in a prior sponsorship agreement
- You are receiving social assistance for any reason other than a disability
- You have declared bankruptcy
Please note that there are other possible scenarios beyond those listed that might make you ineligible.
Who can you sponsor?
If you meet all the requirements listed above, you may apply to sponsor the following members of your family for immigration into Canada:
- Your spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner
- Your dependent children, by blood or adoption
- Your own parents or grandparents, by blood or adoption
- Your other relatives such as siblings, cousins, nephews, nieces, aunts, and uncles
Your application will be subjected to certain conditions. These conditions vary to a great extent, depending on who you want to sponsor and their relationship to you. In some circumstances, the person might have children of their own (who are not related to you), and you may be able to include them in your application as well.
In any case, you and the person who you will be sponsoring must be able to provide all the required forms and documents. The sponsored party must also undergo a medical exam and provide biometric data so that your application can be processed quickly and successfully.
To submit your application, you need to acquire the necessary forms and fill them out completely, pay the corresponding fees, mail your application, and then wait for the results. You may also apply on behalf of the sponsored party, but you will need to request permission and use the appropriate forms to do so.
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