The Family Sponsorship Program makes it possible for you to gain Permanent Residency, by being sponsored by a relative who is a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
The program in most cases allows individuals to live, work, or study in Canada while working on obtaining their permanent residency. There are certain qualification requirements for this program for both the applicant and the sponsor.
Who Qualifies for Canadian Family Sponsorships?
There are certain requirements that you must meet in order to sponsor your relatives in Canada. including their relationship to you as defined by the IRCC.
- Spouse– A spouse is defined as a person that you are legally married to in a union which is validated by the courts.
- Common-law partner– A partner of either the opposite or same sex that you have been living with together while sharing a conjugal relationship for at least one year continuously. It is necessary to provide proof that both partners have combined their affairs to the extent possible.
- Conjugal partner– A partner of either the opposite or same sex that is unable to live together for circumstances that are beyond their control and prevent them from living together.
- Dependent child or child that you plan to adopt– A dependent child is a son or daughter that:
- Is 21 years of age or younger and is classified as a single unmarried individual, or
- Is over the age of 21 and depends on a parent for their financial support before the age of 22 due to physical or mental conditions.
- Parents– A biological or adoptive mother or father that is recognized by the courts of Canada
- Grandparents– Defined as being a grandmother or grandfather of a sponsor
- Orphaned relatives– Orphaned individuals that are under the age of 18 and are not involved in a common-law relationship or marriage. The Canadian courts consider these relatives to be brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, grandsons, or granddaughters.
- Other qualifying relatives– Permanent residents of Canada that have no living family can sponsor other eligible relatives to become permanent residents of Canada.
Family Sponsorships is a program offered through the Canadian government that allows individuals to live in Canada without fear of having to leave. You are encouraged to contact Canadian Immigration Group today to help answer any questions or concerns you may have related to Canadian family sponsorships.
Basic Requirements for a Family Sponsor
If you wish to sponsor a family member to help them become permanent residents, you must meet certain requirements. These guidelines include:
- The sponsor being 18 years of age or older.
- You and the relative you wish to sponsor are required to sign a sponsorship agreement that acknowledges your intent to financially support the individual if needed. It is also necessary for the sponsored party to sign a commitment to show their efforts to become self-sufficient to financially support themselves during their stay.
- It is necessary to provide financial support for the party being sponsored for three years from the date of becoming permanent residents of Canada.
- When sponsoring a dependent child, it is necessary to provide financial support for up to 10 years or until the child reaches the age of 25, whichever comes first.
If you are a Permanent Resident or Canadian Citizen who wishes to sponsor family members, you will find many benefits available by contacting Canadian Immigration Group today online, or by phone at (780) 444-2844 or toll-free at (855) 944-2844.