How to sponsor your family for Canadian immigration

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Canada has family sponsorship programs for parents, grandparents, spouses, common-law partners, conjugal partners, and children.

Family class immigration is the second largest category of newcomers under Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan.

Can I be a sponsor?

To sponsor a family member, you must demonstrate to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that you are:

  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • 18 years of age or older
  • able to support the sponsored person for several years

Who can I sponsor?

  • Spouses, common-law partners, and conjugal partners
  • children
  • parents
  • grandparents

Canadians can only sponsor relatives like brothers, sisters, aunts or uncles in very specific situations.

How do I sponsor my spouse or partner?

You and your spouse may either apply as an inland applicant or an outland applicant. Inland applicants go through the sponsorship process in Canada, while outland applicants live outside the country. Only Canadian citizens can live with their foreign spouses outside of Canada throughout the sponsorship process. Permanent residents taking the outland option must remain in Canada and their spouse outside of Canada while the application is processing.

How do I sponsor my child for Canadian immigration?

In order to sponsor your child, you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident aged 18 or older and prove that you can financially provide for your basic needs as well as those of your child.

Your child may be eligible for sponsorship if they are your legal or biological child, not married, and under the age of 22. Children age 22 and older may qualify as dependants if they have a physical or mental condition that prevents them from being able to support themselves and they have depended on their parents for financial support since before age 22.

How do I sponsor my parent or grandparent?

Parents and grandparents can be sponsored through the PGP.

In order to be eligible as a sponsor, you must be aged 18 or older and living in Canada as a citizen or permanent resident throughout the sponsorship process. You may not sponsor your parents or grandparents for immigration through the PGP if you are a temporary resident or if you have a permanent residence application in process.

You must also show proof of income that demonstrates you have the required Minimum Necessary Income (MNI).

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