Canada Family Class Sponsorship Requirements

Family Class category is the Canadian immigration stream that bridges Canadian citizens and permanent residents with their family members outside Canada. Through this program, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident may sponsor his or her spouse/common-law partner/conjugal partner, parent(s) and grandparent(s), as well as natural as well as adopted dependent child/children to come to Canada as permanent residents.

The Canadian family class sponsorship application is a double ended application, in the sense, both the sponsored person as well as the sponsor need to take part separately in the sponsorship process by meeting all applicable sponsorship criteria.

Sponsoring Spouse or Common-law partner

Requirements for the sponsor (in brief): The sponsor must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is 18 years of age or older. It is important to note that the sponsor cannot be a person who was sponsored to Canada in a spousal sponsorship application in the last 5 years preceding the date the application is made. To read all the requirements including the requirements pertaining nature of relationship in detail, click here.

Requirements for the sponsored person (in brief): The sponsored person under the spouse or common-law partner sponsorship program must be at least 16 years of age, and should not be closely related to the sponsor in terms of blood relations. To read all the requirements including the requirements pertaining nature of relationship in detail, click here.

Sponsoring Parents and Grandparents

Requirements for the sponsor (in brief): The sponsor must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and must certify that he or she will give financial support to the sponsored person (parent and/or grandparent) once they are in Canada. The sponsor must also meet the LICO/MNI requirements. To read all the requirements including the requirements pertaining nature of relationship in detail, click here.

Requirements for the sponsored person (in brief): The Sponsored person must be the parent or grandparent of the sponsor, related by either blood or adoption. To read all the requirements including the requirements pertaining nature of relationship in detail, click here.

Sponsoring Children or Dependents

Requirements for the sponsor (in brief): The sponsor must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is 18 years of age or older. He or she must not be in prison nor have filed bankruptcy. To read all the requirements including the requirements pertaining nature of relationship in detail, click here.

Requirements for the sponsored person (in brief): The sponsored person must not be a spouse or common-law partner of the sponsored person, and must be less than 22 years of age. To read all the requirements including the requirements pertaining nature of relationship in detail, click here.

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