Family sponsorship refers to the process of Canadian citizens or permanent residents sponsoring their family members to come and live in Canada as permanent residents. The government of Canada, through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), provides various family sponsorship programs to reunite families and promote family unity.
The most common family sponsorship program is the Family Class, which includes several subcategories:
Spousal Sponsorship: Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their spouse or common-law partner to become a permanent resident of Canada.
Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship: Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents.
Dependent Child Sponsorship: Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their dependent children, including adopted children, to come and live in Canada as permanent residents.
Other Family Members: In certain cases, Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor other eligible family members, such as orphaned siblings, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren, under specific circumstances.
To be eligible to sponsor a family member, the sponsor must meet certain requirements, such as
being at least 18 years old
residing in Canada
being able to financially support the sponsored person(s) for a specific period
The sponsored family members must also meet eligibility criteria, such as
passing medical and criminal background checks
The sponsorship process involves submitting application forms, supporting documents, and paying applicable fees. The process can vary depending on the specific family sponsorship program and individual circumstances.
How to Apply?
It's important to note that immigration policies and procedures can change over time. It's recommended to consult the official website of IRCC or seek professional advice for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding family sponsorship in Canada.