What to Know About the Family Class Program in Canada

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What to Know About the Family Class Program in Canada

The Canadian government, aside from being open to immigrants, has always been up for family reunification. This is one of the pillars of the Canadian immigration system, which is why they have a Family Class program. This program aims to accommodate individuals in Canada who are permanent residents or citizens with a family member who wants to move to the country. 

What Is The Family Class Program

As mentioned, this program reunites families by allowing adult permanent residents or citizens to sponsor a relative for Canadian immigration. First, the person must be outside Canada or in Canada but only temporarily, either with a work or study permit. 

Who Can Sponsor

The sponsor must either be a permanent resident or citizen over the age of 18. They must also reside in the country or plan to live in Canada when the sponsored individual arrives. 

Eligibility Requirements

When it comes to being eligible, the individual seeking Canadian sponsorship must be a: 

  • Dependent child
  • Spouse, common-law or conjugal partner
  • Parent
  • Grandparent
  • Sibling, nephew, niece or grandchild under 18 years old, unmarried, and have deceased parents

Spouse/Common-Law/Conjugal Partner

For spouses, the marriage must be legal in the country of origin and under Canadian law. On the other hand, there must be at least a year of uninterrupted cohabitation in a conjugal relationship for common-law partners. 

On the other hand, for conjugal partnerships, the relationship must be at least 12 months where the couple is prevented from living together due to religious reasons, sexual orientation, immigration barriers, or marital status. 

Dependent Child

A dependent child must be under the age of 22 and is single. However, children over that age can be considered “dependent” if they rely on their parents financially before the age of 22 and cannot support themselves financially due to a mental or physical condition. 

In the case that the sponsor has one or more dependent children, they must be able to prove that they can support the children financially and are not receiving any aid from the government. 

Parent

When it comes to sponsoring parents or grandparents, sponsors must also prove that they can provide financial support by meeting the minimum income threshold. 

Fees

Keep in mind that certain fees apply for sponsorship and processing fees for the Family Class program. Aside from this, the “Right of Permanent Residence” fee must be paid for a sponsored relative who is not a dependent child, which will be refunded if the application is rejected or withdrawn. 

Sponsorship Agreement

Sponsors must agree to financially support the family member in the event that they may not be able to provide for their own needs. 

What Happens If The Person Can’t Meet The Requirements? 

If an individual doesn’t meet the requirements, the sponsor can still apply for an Express Entry system if the applicant has experience or skill in a specific trade or occupation. Some provinces in the country also offer family sponsorship through Provincial Nominee Programs, so this could be an alternative for you. 

Work With A Reliable Immigration Consultant Today

At this point, you now know that the Family Class program in Canada allows residents or citizens to sponsor their family members to the country. However, the immigration process can be tedious and complicated, which is why you should consider reaching out to an immigration consultant to help you through the process. With professional help, you can increase your chances of getting approved! 

If you’re looking for professional help from a trusted firm, please contact us at info@brightimmigration.com or call 1-888-404-8472.

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