Family sponsorship – Spouse / Parents

Family sponsorship – Spouse / Parents

Family category immigration reunites families in Canadian homes.  Family Class Immigrants are sponsored for a Canadian Immigrant Visa by a close relative who is either a Canadian citizen or a Canadian permanent resident. The Canadian relative is known as the Sponsor.

To qualify as a Family Class Immigrant, an applicant must be the Canadian Sponsor’s:

  • spouse, common-law or conjugal partner 18 years of age or older;
  • parents and grand-parents;
  • dependent children, including adopted children;
  • children under 18 years of age whom you intend to adopt;
  • brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces or grandchildren who are orphans, under the age of 18 and not married or in a common-law relationship

Also included are children under 19 years of age who are either orphaned or placed with a child welfare authority for adoption and who the Sponsor intends to adopt.

The Sponsor must be able to demonstrate the financial ability to provide for the essential needs of the Family Class Immigrant and dependents.  The financial ability requirements are eased when sponsoring a spouse and/or an unmarried child / children under 19 years old.  The documentation requirements for sponsoring a spouse, same-sex spouse, common-law, conjugal partner or dependent child all differ and it is important to make sure that all documentation submitted is per the requirements of your specific case.

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Note: Effective November 5, 2011, no new applications to sponsor parents or grandparents will be accepted for processing for up to 24 months and there is a temporary pause.