If you are a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a registered Indian, you may sponsor your foreign family member, and the sponsored family member becomes a permanent resident if the application is successful.
Who may be sponsored
The sponsored family member include:
1. Spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner, and dependent child (less than 22 years of age),
2. Dependent child including stepchild,
3. Adopted child (less than 18 years of age),
4. Parent or grandparent, and their dependent child,
5. Brother, sister, nephew, niece, or grandchild who is orphaned,
6. Other relatives.
Sponsorship application and process
Generally speaking, one sponsorship application consists of two parts. The first part is for the sponsor’s eligibility. The second part is for the sponsored family member to apply for permanent residency.
Note that among the sponsorship applications, the process for parent/grandparent sponsorship may be longer due to the current drawing system. As an interim alternative, you may consider a super visa for your parent or grandparent.
The requirements for the sponsor and the sponsored family member are also different. For a sponsor, some common requirements may include:
1. Genuineness of relationship. This is particularly important for spouse/common-law partner sponsorship.
2. Enough income that can support the family. Some exemptions may apply.
Furthermore, if the sponsor lives outside Canada, they must resume residence in Canada either when the sponsored spouse/common-law partner becomes a permanent resident or, for the rest of the sponsorship, when submitting the application.
The requirements for the sponsored family member remain on eligibility and admissibility.
WHAT WE CAN DO TO HELP YOU
To successfully apply for family sponsorship, you need to focus on both the sponsor’s and the sponsored family member’s eligibility. Further, the sponsored family member must thoroughly address any inadmissibility issues.
We personalize our services for you based on the information and circumstances pertaining to your application, which may include any of the followings:
1. Help you determine the sponsor’s and the sponsored family member’s eligibility,
2. Provide you with advice as to how to meet the eligibility requirements,
3. Identify potential inadmissibility issues and address them properly,
4. Assist you in gathering supporting documents necessary for your application. If they are not available, we advise you how to preserve and obtain them,
5. Conduct legal research for case law that is helpful for your application,
6. Provide other advice and instructions as needed, and
7. Complete, prepare, organize, and submit your application on your behalf.
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