People immigrate for a variety of reasons. Some want to progress in their career in another country, while others seek to pursue a better life. Whatever the case, millions of people migrate to a different country. However, it can be pretty difficult because you’ll be leaving friends and family behind.
The good thing about migrating to another country is that some governments offer many benefits for immigrants. One such country is Canada, which is why it is known to be a great place to migrate to.
Of course, the benefits of living in Canada are best shared when you’re with your family. After all, you only want a good life for them, too. We listed down everything you need to know about family sponsorship in Canada. Read on below to learn more.
Family Sponsorship Requirements
Any immigrant can sponsor their family members to immigrate to Canada. However, you must meet several requirements first. These include:
- You must be at least 18 years old;
- You must be a permanent resident of Canada, and you must also be currently residing in Canada;
- You should not be a recipient of any social assistance, aside from disability;
- You will need to provide proof of financial ability to support your sponsored family member/s, depending on the person you’re applying for.
To become a sponsor, you must also swear an oath to take care of the family members you intend to bring. This oath is also known as an undertaking, and includes the following:
- Providing basic needs and financial support for the sponsored family members, starting from when they become permanent residents;
- Repaying any provincial social assistance that your sponsored family members will get during the duration of the undertaking.
Additionally, the family member you intend to sponsor must also be eligible to come to Canada. They can do so by passing medical exams, presenting police clearance documents, and submitting their biometric information.
Sponsoring Your Spouse, Conjugal Partner, or Common Law Partner
If you have a spouse or a partner, regardless of their gender, you can sponsor them to immigrate with you to Canada as long as you’re both at least 18 years old and legally married, in a conjugal relationship, or in a common-law relationship.
For common-law relationships, however, you and your partner must present proof that you have been living together for at least 12 consecutive months, without any extended periods apart from each other.
On the other hand, if you and your partner cannot legally live together in your home country for reasons such as current marital status, sexual orientation, or persecution, you can consult with an immigration lawyer for a case evaluation.
Sponsoring Dependent Children
If you have children, you can sponsor them if they are still listed as your dependent. For a child to be considered a dependent family member, they must be below the age of 22 and not be legally married or in a common-law relationship.
If your child is 22 or older, they can still be considered a dependent if they meet the following criteria:
- They have depended on you for financial support before the age of 22;
- They are unable to financially support themselves because of a mental or physical condition.
If your dependent children have dependent children of their own, you can also sponsor them. Additionally, these requirements must be met by your dependent child until the end of your application period, with the exception of age.
Sponsoring Parents or Grandparents
Your parents and grandparents can also be sponsored, as long as you have proof that you’re related to them by blood or adoption. The sole requirement you must meet is the ability to demonstrate that you have met minimum income requirements for the past three years. You can meet this requirement by yourself or by including your partner.
Sponsoring Extended Family Members
Aside from the members of your nuclear family, you can also sponsor other relatives. These include your cousins, aunts and uncles. Orphaned siblings can be sponsored as well.
The requirements to be able to sponsor them are as follows:
- They are related to you by blood or adoption;
- They are below 18 years of age;
- They are single—not married, in a conjugal relationship, or a common-law relationship;
- Both of their parents have passed away.
However, you’re NOT allowed to sponsor those relatives if:
- Nobody knows where their parents are;
- Their parents have abandoned them;
- Someone else aside from their parents is taking care of them, while one or both of their parents are still alive;
- Their parents are in jail or detained.
Migrating to Canada is a way to get a good life. You also have a chance to let your other family members experience that by sponsoring them. With this guide, you can begin the process of family sponsorship.
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