How do I sponsor my family to live in Canada with me?
If you want to bring your family to live in Canada with you, you may apply to sponsor them to immigrate to Canada.
In order to sponsor a family member, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be at least 18 years old and be a permanent resident or citizen of Canada;
- If you are a Permanent resident of Canada, you must be currently residing in Canada;
- You should not be a recipient of any social assistance except for disability;
- You may need to provide proof of financial ability to support your sponsored family member(s), depending on the person you are applying for.
In order to become a sponsor, you must “promise” to financially take care of the persons that you are sponsoring for a period of time. This promise is called an undertaking, and includes:
● Providing basic needs and financial support for your sponsored family members, starting when they become permanent residents;
● Repaying any provincial social assistance your sponsored family members get during the duration of the undertaking.
The person you are sponsoring must also be eligible to come to Canada, pass medical exams, present police clearance documents and collect biometrics.
To see if you are eligible to sponsor a family member and make sure your process goes smoothly, count on our team of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants to assist you and your loved ones to move to Canada. Book a consultation now!
Sponsor your spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner to immigrate to Canada
You can sponsor your partner to immigrate to Canada with you, regardless of their gender, as long as you both are at least 18 years old and legally married, in a common law relationship or in a conjugal relationship.
If you are in a common law relationship, you and your partner must have been living together for at least 12 consecutive months, without any long period apart.
You may be able to sponsor a conjugal partner if you and your partner cannot legally live together in your country for reasons such as: current marital status, sexual orientation or persecution. Please talk to one of ourRegulated Canadian Immigration Consultants for a case evaluation.
In order to apply, you must gather documentation that proves that your relationship is genuine. In addition, you must provide personal documents and information from both you, your spouse and dependent children, if any.
If you are a Canadian citizen living outside Canada,you can still apply to sponsor your spouse or common-law partner, as long as you plan to return to Canada once the application is approved.
Preparing a complete and well-organized application increases your chances of success and may also result in a faster processing. Count on one of our experienced Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants to assist you in preparing your application.
Sponsor your dependent children to live in Canada with you
You can sponsor your children if they are still a dependent family member.
For a child to be considered a dependent family member, they must be under 22 years old and not be legally married or in a common law relationship.
However, if your child is 22 or older, they can still be considered dependent if:
● they are unable to financially support themselves because of a mental or physical condition;
● they have depended on you for financial support since before the age of 22.
If your dependent children have dependent children, they can also be sponsored by you to come to Canada.
Please note that it is mandatory that your dependent child must continue to meet these requirements until the end of your application process, with the exception of age.
Sponsor your relatives to immigrate to Canada
If you are a permanent resident or a citizen of Canada, you can sponsor your orphaned brother, sister, nephew, niece or grandchild if they meet all of these requirements:
● they’re related to you by blood or adoption;
● both their mother and father passed away;
● they’re under 18 years of age;
● they’re single (not married or in a common-law or conjugal relationship);
However, you are NOT allowed to sponsor those relatives if:
● no one knows where their parents are;
● their parents abandoned them;
● someone else other than their parents is taking care of them while one or both their parents are alive;
● their parents are in jail or otherwise detained.
Sponsor your parents and grandparents
You can sponsor your own parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada, as long as they are related to you either by blood or adoption. And in case of divorce or separation, you can sponsor your parents’ and your grandparents’ spouses or common-law partners.
In order for you to sponsor your parents or grandparents, you must be able to demonstrate you meet minimum income requirements for the past three years. You can meet these requirements by yourself or including your spouse or common-law partner.