This category is appropriate for Canadians and Permanent Residents who wish to sponsor a close relative for Permanent Residence. Individuals who are being sponsored by a family member, usually a spouse or a parent do not have to meet the point system or discretionary selection criteria used in the other application categories.
Instead, they are sponsored by a relative in Canada who will provide assistance in the individual’s ability to establish themselves in Canada.
Who Can Be Sponsored?
Only the following members of the family class may be sponsored:
- Spouses, common- law or conjugal partners 18 years of age or older;
- Parents and grandparents;
- Dependent children, including adopted children;
- Children under 18 years of age whom you intend to adopt;
- or Brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces or grandchildren who are orphans; under the age of 18 and not married or in a common-law relationship.
To successfully sponsor a spouse, partner or child for Permanent Residence you must qualify as a sponsor. You must:
- Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident;
- Be at least 18 years old;
- Live in Canada or if you are a citizen, then you must show that you plan to live in Canada when your sponsored relative becomes a Permanent Resident;
- Satisfy Quebec specific laws regarding sponsorship if you live in Quebec; and
- Be able to prove that you have enough income to provide basic needs of the person or people that you are sponsoring.
You cannot be a sponsor your spouse if you:
- Were sponsored by a spouse or partner and became a Permanent Resident less than five years ago;
- Were sponsored by a previous spouse or partner and three years have not passed since this person became a Permanent Resident;
- Are in default of a previous sponsorship undertaking;
- Are in the process of a bankruptcy proceeding;
- Receive social assistance for a reason other than a disability;
- Were convicted of a violent or sexual offence or are in jail;
- Are under a removal order; or
- Have already applied to sponsor your current spouse, partner or child and a decision has not yet been made.
Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship:
The program permits Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents or grandparents for permanent residence in Canada.
The program operates using a lottery system and only a limited number of applications will be accepted each year. The program typically opens on the first business
day of January. INTAKE FOR 2018 PARENT/GRANDPARENT SPONSORSHIP OPENS JANUARY 2, 2018.