The Canadian government is very lenient in allowing current residents to let their immediate family immigrate to Canada. This is present in numerous sponsorship packages for people with student or work permits who need to stay together with their loved ones.
Going through the sponsorship process
Immigrating to Canada will be different depending on what kind of sponsor you are. The circumstances of inviting someone to move into Canada can be for various reasons, sometimes as an employer or an academic institution. Although spousal sponsorships are somewhat similar to sponsoring a sibling, there are still differences in the procedures and documents you’ll need to present.
In this article, we’ll share a three-step guide on how to sponsor your siblings to Canada:
Step#1: Find the right application package
As a sponsor, you need to fill out the right application package so that you’ll submit the right forms to Canadian immigration officials. Besides filling out the necessary forms, you’ll need to provide several documents. You must present proof of income and a confirmation that your immigrating sibling must try to support themselves during their stay in Canada. Additionally, you must put in writing that you’ll finance them for a set amount of time.
Besides confirming your financial agreements, you must also provide a thorough identification of your sibling’s family. This document should include any dependent children, their marital status, and their immediate family members’ names. Immigration officials must have a criminality and medical check of these members to allow your sibling to be sponsored. This is necessary in case they will also want to sponsor them eventually.
Step#2: Be mindful of your application fees
Like any immigration process, you’ll have to pay several fees for the processing of your sponsorship application. A biometrics fee is necessary to collect the fingerprints and the digital photo for your official documents. Afterward, immigration officials will send a letter confirming their requirement to submit them at a collection point. Keep in mind that they have to hand over the biometrics in person, so consider this when booking their schedule.
Besides biometrics fees, you must also handle processing fees for the people you’ll sponsor together with the right of permanent residence fee. Additionally, you’ll need to pay for third-party fees, such as medical exams and police certificates. Thankfully, you can pay most of these fees online.
Step#3: Submit your application
After submitting your application to the right mailing address, the Canadian government will keep it for review. Once they’re processing your documents, you’ll receive an acknowledgment of receipt together with an application number. Next, you’ll have to go through another set of processes to assess your eligibility to sponsor your sibling and if your sibling meets the requirements to qualify for permanent residence.
There are several potential reasons why they will return your application to you. The most common cause of returned applications is incomplete documents. This also applies to missing proof of sponsorship and processing fees.
After applying, sponsors can check its status through the CIC online tool. However, you must get access from the family member first. Keep in mind that the status of their application will only be visible once processing begins. Only afterward will they see the progress of their papers. Since the processing time will vary by country of origin, it’s necessary to consult with a Canadian immigration agency to be familiar with specific guidelines and procedures.
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