Family Sponsorship


Family reunification is a fundamental cornerstone of the Canadian immigration system, a commitment upheld primarily through the Family Class Sponsorship program. To facilitate this process, it is imperative for prospective sponsors to meet certain eligibility criteria. Here are the key requirements for individuals who wish to sponsor family members to Canada:

  1. Age Requirement: Sponsors must be of legal age, which is defined as a minimum of 18 years. Individuals below this age threshold are ineligible to initiate a Canadian family-sponsorship visa application.
  2. Residency Status: Eligible sponsors are either Canadian permanent residents residing in Canada or Canadian citizens. This criteria ensures that sponsors have a substantive connection to Canada.
  3. Legal Standing: Prospective sponsors must not have any legal impediments that could affect their eligibility. Specifically, they must not be incarcerated, in a state of bankruptcy, subject to a removal order (in the case of permanent residents), or facing charges related to a serious criminal offense.
  4. Spousal Sponsorship Limitation: Sponsors are precluded from initiating sponsorship proceedings for a spouse if they have already sponsored a spouse to Canada within the preceding five years.

These eligibility requirements are designed to ensure that sponsors have the capacity and commitment to support their family members’ immigration to Canada while safeguarding the integrity of the immigration system. It is essential for prospective sponsors to meet these criteria in order to participate in the Family Class Sponsorship program and facilitate the reunification of their families in Canada.

Four types of Family Class Sponsorship Program

1. Bringing parents or grandparents to Canada:

Facilitating the immigration of parents or grandparents to Canada is a process that offers several avenues for reunion. One of the primary options is the Parents’ and Grandparents’ Sponsorship Program, although it’s important to note that this program has an annual cap on the number of accepted applications. Beyond this, there exists the Super Visa Program, providing an alternative route for parents and grandparents to come to Canada. Under the Super Visa Program, they can obtain extended multi-entry visas, potentially granting them up to a cumulative stay of 10 years within Canada. Irrespective of the chosen program, strict adherence to eligibility criteria is imperative for both the family member and the sponsor.

Ensuring that parents or grandparents meet the stipulated eligibility criteria and that sponsors fulfill Canada’s sponsorship requirements is a pivotal aspect of the application process. For a comprehensive understanding of these requirements and how they can be met, we encourage you to initiate your complimentary assessment today. This will enable you to embark on the journey of reuniting with your loved ones in Canada while navigating the immigration process effectively.

2. Bringing your spouse or common law partner to Canada:

The process of bringing a spouse to Canada is a multifaceted endeavor, offering applicants several considerations to ponder. Specifically, there are two distinct types of federal spousal sponsorship: inland and outland. Each of these options presents its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Crucially, it is imperative to ensure that both the spouse or common-law partner seeking immigration and the sponsor align with Canada’s stipulated eligibility requirements.

In addition to federal sponsorship pathways, there may also be Provincial Family Class Sponsorship programs accessible to applicants. Demonstrating the authenticity of the relationship between the sponsor and their spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner is paramount. This can be accomplished through a combination of evidence, including a marriage certificate and the following documentation:

  • Consistent communication, evidenced by letters, emails, and phone calls.
  • Photographic evidence portraying the couple together.
  • Co-signed agreements, such as lease agreements and joint bank accounts, serving as tangible proof of shared financial and residential responsibilities.

To ascertain your eligibility for spousal sponsorship and to embark on this significant immigration journey, we invite you to initiate your complimentary assessment today. This preliminary step will enable you to explore the available options and establish a robust foundation for facilitating the reunion with your spouse in Canada.

3. Bringing a dependent child to Canada:
If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and have a dependent child abroad that you would like to bring to Canada, you likely may do so under Canada’s dependent child sponsorship program. As with all sponsorship programs, it is important that the dependent child meets the eligibility requirements and that the sponsor themselves meet Canada’s sponsorship requirements. To find out if you are eligible for one of the Family Class programs, we encourage you to start a free assessment today.

4. Bringing any other relative or friend to Canada:

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident seeking to bring your dependent child from abroad to Canada, the avenue available to you is Canada’s Dependent Child Sponsorship Program. In line with all sponsorship initiatives, it is of paramount importance that the dependent child satisfies the stipulated eligibility criteria, and concurrently, the sponsoring party aligns with Canada’s sponsorship prerequisites.

To ascertain your eligibility for one of the Family Class programs, we cordially invite you to initiate a complimentary assessment today. This initial step will enable you to explore the possibilities and embark on the journey of reuniting with your dependent child in Canada. Your diligent consideration of these requirements is pivotal as you navigate the immigration process and work toward achieving your family reunion objectives.

Ineligibility Criteria for Sponsorship

Individuals seeking to become sponsors in Canada must be aware of specific eligibility restrictions. Here are the key factors that render an individual ineligible to apply as a sponsor:

  1. Unsettled Financial Obligations: Individuals who have not fulfilled immigration loan payments, performance bond obligations, and/or family support payments are ineligible to sponsor.
  2. Failure to Support Previous Sponsored Relatives: Sponsors who previously failed to provide adequate support to a sponsored relative, leading to the sponsored individual’s reliance on social assistance for basic needs, are not eligible.
  3. Removal Order: Those subject to a removal order cannot apply for sponsorship.
  4. Incarceration: Individuals currently incarcerated in a penitentiary, jail, reformatory, or prison are ineligible.
  5. Non-Disability Social Assistance: Individuals receiving social assistance for reasons other than disability are not eligible to be sponsors.
  6. Bankruptcy Status: Applicants undergoing bankruptcy proceedings without having received an ‘order of discharge’ from the court remain ineligible.
  7. Insufficient Permanent Residency Period: Sponsors who have held permanent resident status in Canada for less than five years are ineligible.
  8. Spousal/Partner Sponsorship Waiting Period: Those who have previously sponsored a spouse/partner and have not yet passed three years since the sponsored spouse/partner became a Canadian permanent resident cannot apply again.
  9. Pending Sponsorship Application: Individuals who have already submitted an application to sponsor their current spouse/partner/child and are awaiting a decision on that application cannot apply for another sponsorship concurrently.
  10. Criminal Offenses: Applicants convicted of violent or sexual offenses, or offenses causing, attempting, or threatening bodily harm to a relative, are ineligible for sponsorship.

These eligibility criteria are essential considerations for individuals aspiring to sponsor family members or dependents in Canada. It is imperative to adhere to these guidelines when contemplating sponsorship applications to ensure compliance with Canadian immigration regulations.

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