What is Family Sponsorship
Who can you sponsor?
The Family Class broadly consists of the following three categories of sponsorships:
- Spousal, Common-Law or Conjugal Partner Sponsorship
- Parents, Grandparents and Relative Sponsorship
- Children and other dependents
An applicant must not be “inadmissible: under the Immigration and Refugees Protection Act (IRPA) and must go through:
- Medical exams; and
- Criminal checks
Spousal, Common-Law or Conjugal Partner Sponsorship
A spousal sponsorship allows a Canadian national to sponsor their spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner to live in Canada.
The sponsor and the sponsored person must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- They both must be at least 18 years old.
- They must demonstrate their relationship as genuine and is not entered just to become permanent residents in Canada.
- They must prove their intention to live together in Canada.
Common law partners, including both opposite-and same-sex, who have been living together with another person in a marriage-like setting for more than 12 consecutive months or a period of one year, can sponsor if they meet the eligibility requirements.
- Conjugal partner, including both opposite-and same-sex relationships, who is living outside Canada and has had a binding relationship with the sponsor for at least one year but could not live with their partner.
Parents, Grandparents & Relative Sponsorship
Canada offers a parent and grandparent sponsorship program as part of its commitment to family reunification. This program allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents. In order to sponsor a parent or grandparent, the sponsor must show that they can financially support their family by meeting the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) for their family’s size. Additionally, sponsors must agree to provide financial support for their sponsored family members if they need it. If a sponsor is unable to provide permanent assistance, they may be eligible for a Super Visa, a long-term, multiple-entry visa for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.