Family Class Sponsorship Program

Immigration law in Canada is intended to ensure that families are reunited. Values and family unity are highly emphasized by Canada's government. Family reunification is a priority under Canadian immigration law, and various streams reflect that priority.

Here are a few examples of how families can be sponsored by the Family Class Sponsorship Program:

1. Spousal Sponsorship

Marriage, common law, and conjugal relationships (including same-sex relationships) are included here.

2. Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship

Parents or grandparents can be sponsored to immigrate to Canada by citizens or permanent residents.

3. Parent and Grandparent Super Visa

A super visa, which can last up to 10 years, is another option for parents and grandparents to visit Canada for up to two years at a time.

4. Dependent Child Sponsorship and Other Sponsorship

Canada offers its citizens and permanent residents the opportunity to sponsor their dependent children and live with them in Canada. Adopted children and other orphaned family members are included. Sponsorships can be extended to other family members under exceptional circumstances.

Who can be a sponsor?

Sponsored Person's must be a Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada at least 18 years of age. In the case of sponsorship by a resident who lives outside of Canada, the sponsor should demonstrate that they will live only in Canada once the sponsored individual becomes a permanent resident.

Who cannot be a sponsor?

If any of the following applies to you, you may not be a sponsor:

  1.  You previously sponsored another person and three years have not passed since that person become a permanent resident.
  2.  A reason other than disability prompted you to receive social assistance.
  3.  You are in default of an undertaking, immigration loan, performance bond, or family support payments.
  4.  As a result of a conviction for certain crimes, you haven't been pardoned/rehabilitated.
  5.  It has been less than 5 years since you became a Canadian permanent resident after being sponsored as a spouse.
  6.  You have already applied for sponsorship, but the decision has not yet been made.
  7.  A removal order has been issued against you.
  8.  A penal institution (prison, jail, etc.) is holding you.

Two-Step process

1. The sponsor must submit their sponsorship application

The sponsor should initiate the application and include an assessment of the sponsor’s eligibility under the family class. In order to become a sponsor, the sponsor must submit a separate application.

2. The foreign national should submit their application for permanent residency

An application for permanent residence must be initiated by the foreign national who will be sponsored. In order to qualify for the family class program, foreign nationals must first complete a number of prerequisites, followed by a separate application for permanent residency.

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