Family Sponsorship is a pathway for Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their family members to come and live in Canada. The program allows families to be reunited and build a new life together in Canada.
Here are some important things to know about family sponsorship in Canada:
Who Can Be Sponsored
The Canadian government allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their spouse or common-law partner, dependent children, parents, and grandparents for permanent residency in Canada.
Eligibility Criteria for Sponsors
To be eligible to sponsor a family member, the sponsor must be at least 18 years of age and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. The sponsor must also meet certain financial and other requirements to ensure that they can support their sponsored family member(s) upon their arrival in Canada.
The application process for family sponsorship involves two steps: the sponsor must first submit an application to sponsor their family member, and the family member must then submit an application for permanent residence. Both applications are processed together and can take several months to process.
The processing times for family sponsorship applications vary depending on the type of relationship and the country of origin of the sponsored family member. Some applications may be processed more quickly than others, but in general, family sponsorship applications can take several months to process.
Sponsors are required to sign an undertaking agreement in which they commit to providing financial support to their sponsored family member(s) for a period of time. The length of the undertaking depends on the type of relationship but generally ranges from three to ten years.
If you are interested in sponsoring a family member to come and live with you in Canada, it is important to carefully review the eligibility requirements and application process to ensure that you are able to meet all the necessary criteria.