How to Sponsor Family Members to Immigrate to Canada

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Some immigration programs will let you bring your family with you to Canada like the Start-up visa and Caregiver program.

However, immigrants will usually be given a chance to sponsor their family members only after becoming a permanent resident. The processing time for family sponsorships ranges from as early as 10 months to up to 24 months.

You can sponsor your family members under the Family Class only if you meet the following criteria:

  • At least 18 years old
  • A Permanent Resident of Canada
  • Be able to support your family members once they arrive in Canada
  • You can meet you and your relative’s basic needs like food, shelter, and clothing
  • Your relative does not need social assistance

These are the family members that you can sponsor:

  • Spouse
  • Common-law partner
  • Conjugal partner
  • Children
  • Parent
  • Grandparent
  • Orphaned sibling
  • Orphaned niece or nephew
  • Orphaned grandchild
  • You can sponsor any relative of any age if you don’t have any other relatives included in the list that you could sponsor

It must also be noted that you can only sponsor your orphaned brother, sister, niece, or nephew if they satisfy the following conditions:

  • Single (not married or in a conjugal or common-law relationship)
  • Under 18 years old
  • Both parents passed away
  • Related to you by blood or adoption

These are some of the documents and certificates that you have to submit when applying for family sponsorships:

  • Photocopy of your Permanent Resident Card
  • Photocopy of your Marriage Certificate
  • Photocopy of your Birth Certificate
  • Application Fee Receipt
  • Proof of Income
  • A statement from your relatives that they’ll try to support themselves
  • Agreement made in writing that you’ll support your relatives for a set amount of time ranging from 3 to 20 years

Additional documents might be requested depending on your case.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to apply for family sponsorships:

  1. Get the application package for family sponsorships and fill out the forms completely. Make sure to include all the required documents.
  2. Pay the application, biometrics, and right of permanent residence fees using your debit or credit card.
  3. Submit your application form in the address included in the guide. You can find the guide in the application package.

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