Family sponsorship is one of the fastest and most popular ways to gain permanent residence in Canada and is expected to boom again as international travel restrictions ease up this year.
Age of person who can sponsor
Under the family sponsorship programs, a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, aged 22 or more can sponsor certain family members to become Canadian permanent residents.
With that permanent residence, those family members are able to live, study and work in Canada.
Responsibilities of sponsor
The sponsor assumes all financial responsible for their relative once he or she arrives in Canada.
Requirements to sponsor
Sign a sponsorship agreement with the relative to be sponsored that commits the sponsor to provide financial support for the relative, if necessary. This agreement also says the person becoming a permanent resident will make every effort to support him or herself; provide financial support for a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner for three years from the date they become a permanent resident, and; provide financial support for a dependent child for 10 years, or until the child turns 25, whichever comes first.
Relatives who can be sponsored
spouse – (restrictions apply)
common-law partner – (restrictions apply)
conjugal partner – (restrictions apply)
parents – (Additional conditions apply)
grandparents – (Additional conditions apply)
brothers or sisters, nephews or nieces, granddaughters or grandsons who are orphaned, under 18 years of age and not married or in a common-law relationship
another relative of any age or relationship but only under specific conditions
accompanying relatives of the above (for example, spouse, partner and dependent children).
Obligations of sponsor
Under the sponsorship programs, sponsors ink a contract with Canada’s immigration authorities to repay the government for any social assistance payments made to the sponsored person. Sponsors remain obligated to the undertaking agreement for the entire period of the contract, even in a change of circumstances such as marital breakdown, separation, divorce, or a financial change in circumstances.
Spouse can Work
The program is designed to allow spouses and partners to work while their immigration applications are being finalized.
The sponsored individual is required to submit the results of a medical exam at the time of application, including biometrics for applicants from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Applicants and each family member over age 18 must submit police certificates from the country where they have lived most of their life, in addition to any country where they resided for more than 6 months.