If you are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada and have a family member who wishes to immigrate to Canada, you may be eligible to assist them. As a matter of fact, reunifying families is part of the scheme of the Canadian immigration system.
The Family Class Sponsorship Program allows permanent residents or citizens to sponsor a relative for immigration to Canada, reuniting families. To be eligible for sponsorship, the person seeking it must be a spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, dependent child, parent, grandparent, unmarried sibling, nephew, niece, or grandchild under 18 whose parents are deceased.
Unless the sponsorship goes to someone legally residing in Canada, such as a work or study permit, it must be for a person living outside of Canada.
Before talking to immigration consultants in Canada, continue reading to learn more about the process and requirements of family sponsorship.
What is a Spouse or a Partner?
According to Canada.com, individuals who fall into one of the following categories are eligible for sponsorship:
Spouse: In the nation of origin and under Canadian law, a legally legitimate marriage
Common-Law Partner: A pair who has cohabited for at least 12 months in a row, sharing a conjugal relationship for at least a year without any significant intervals apart
Conjugal partner: A pair that has been in a marital relationship for at least 12 months (with permanence and commitment similar to marriage or common-law) but is unable to live together owing to immigration restrictions, religious restrictions, sexual orientation, or marital status (e.g. married to someone else, where divorce is not possible in the country of origin)
Under these categories, same-sex partnerships are considered legitimate for immigration reasons.
What is a Dependent Child?
A sponsor’s child, or the sponsor’s spouse or common-law partner’s child, can be deemed dependent if they are under 22 and do not have their spouse or common-law partner. Children beyond the age of 22 can be considered dependents if they were financially reliant on their parents before the age of 22 and cannot sustain themselves owing to a mental or physical ailment.
Who is Eligible to Sponsor?
A sponsor must be at least 18 years old and a permanent resident or citizen of Canada. Unless the sponsor is a citizen currently residing abroad who intends to return to Canada once the sponsored individual arrives, the sponsor must live in Canada.
What are the Additional Requirements?
For Family Class applications, the Canadian government mandates payment of sponsorship and processing costs. In addition, every sponsored relative who is not a dependent child must pay a “Right of Permanent Residence Fee”; this is the only fee that will be refunded if the application is withdrawn or denied.
How Can You Apply as a Sponsor?
There are two applications to sponsor your spouse, partner, or child:
- You must fill out an application to become a sponsor.
- Your family should apply for permanent residency.
Submit both the sponsorship and permanent residency applications at the same time. Instead of sponsoring your adopted child or an orphaned family member, follow the sponsorship requirements for your adopted child.
You can sponsor your spouse, partner, or dependent children to become permanent residents of Canada if you meet the requirements discussed above. If you do, you must financially support them and ensure that they do not require government aid. Read more about family sponsorship on our blog.
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