Family Sponsorship

Family Class immigrants are people sponsored to come to, or remain in Canada by a relative who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. To be eligible, the person seeking sponsorship must be a:

  • Spouse, common-law or conjugal partner.

  • Dependent child

  • Parent

  • Grandparent

  • Sibling, nephew, niece, or grandchild under 18 years who is unmarried and whose parents are deceased

Who Can Sponsor?

A sponsor must be an adult Canadian permanent resident or citizen over the age of 18. A sponsor must reside in Canada, unless they are a citizen currently living abroad and planning to reside in Canada once the sponsored:

  • Are in prison

  • Are subject to a removal order

  • Are in the process of bankruptcy

  • Receive social assistance from the government (except for disability)

  • Have failed to pay back immigration loans, or have made late or missed payments

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