If you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident in Canada, and have a minimum of 18 years of age, you can sponsor certain family members to become permanent Canadian residents. If you become a permanent resident, you can live, study and work in Canada. If you sponsor a family, so that they can come to Canada as a permanent resident, you are responsible for financially supporting your relative when they arrive.
NOTE: The interest to sponsor form ( parent and grandparents sponsorship) 2019 is closed right now.
You can sponsor your spouse, partner or dependent child if:
To become a sponsor, you must promise to financially take care of the persons you are sponsoring for a period of time. This promise is called an undertaking.
The undertaking commits you to:
Also, you and your sponsored family members need to agree to certain responsibilities during the undertaking period. This is called the sponsorship agreement.
The sponsorship agreement means that:
When you apply, you’ll have to complete and sign a form that includes the undertaking and the sponsorship agreement.
In most cases, there isn’t an income requirement to sponsor your spouse or partner or dependent child. You only need to show that you have enough money to meet the income requirements if:
You can’t sponsor your spouse, partner or child if:
didn’t pay back:
an immigration loan
a performance bond
court-ordered family support payments such as alimony or child support (not applicable if you live in Quebec)
You can sponsor your spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner or dependent children.
Your spouse can be either sex and must be:
Your common-law partner:
If you or your common-law partner choose to end the relationship, the relationship is considered to be to be over.
You’ll need to give proof of your common-law relationship.
Your conjugal partner:
* persecution (for example, your relationship is between different religious groups which is not accepted and they may be punished legally or socially)
You’ll need to give proof that you could not live together or get married in your conjugal partner’s country (for example, proof of refused long-term stays in each other’s country).
Children qualify as dependants if they meet both of these requirements:
Children 22 years old or older qualify as dependants if they meet both of these requirements:
With the exception of age, your dependent child must continue to meet these requirements until we finish processing your application.
If you’re a Canadian citizen, your child may also be a Canadian citizen, even if they weren’t born in Canada. You can’t sponsor your child for permanent residence if they’re Canadian citizens already.
An Outland application is generally pursued when the sponsored partner is living outside of Canada. However, Outland applicants can still be in Canada and apply through the Outland program, and may be permitted to travel in and out of Canada throughout the application process. Outland applications are processed through the visa office that serves the applicant’s country of origin, or where they have resided legally for at least one year.
The other potential option for Spousal/Common-Law Sponsorship is the Inland route. Inland sponsorship is when the couple is together in Canada and the foreign spouse/common-law partner has temporary status in Canada, either as a worker, student, or visitor. The person being sponsored may be eligible for an Open Work Permit, allowing him or her to work for any employer in Canada while the sponsorship application is being processed.
You can sponsor your own parents and grandparents if:
you’re at least 18 years old
you live in Canada
you’re a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
you have enough money to support the persons you want to sponsor
To show that you have enough, you’ll have to provide your proof of income.
parents and grandparents, related by blood or adoption.
In case of divorce or separation, parents’ and grandparents’ spouses, or conjugal or common-law partners ca be sponsored.
In the application, only brothers and sisters, or half brothers and sisters, if they qualify as dependent children, can be included.
Parents and grandparents and their dependents must provide:
You can’t sponsor:
The first step to sponsor your parents or grandparents is filling out the interest to sponsor form.
Note: The form is closed for now.
After you successfully submitted the interest to sponsor form, then you will get confirmation number.
Then potential sponsors will be invited to submit a complete application.
If you’re invited to apply to sponsor your parents and grandparents, there are 2 applications:
We Send both the sponsorship and the permanent residence applications together at the same time.
your application package must be received 60 days from the date of your invitation. The deadline is clearly indicated in your invitation to apply.
There are some steps to apply to sponsor your parents and grandparents.
1. Submit the interest to sponsor form
The first step to sponsor your parents or grandparents is filling out the interest to sponsor form. It’s available at the beginning of the year for a limited time.
2. Get an invitation to submit a complete application
potential sponsors will be invited to submit a complete application.
Dependent children, both natural and adopted, may be sponsored to live with their parent(s) as permanent residents in Canada. The child sponsorship program is a subsection of the Family Class of immigration. In order to be eligible for this program, both the Canadian citizen or permanent resident (also called the ‘sponsor’) and their child abroad (the ‘sponsored person’) must be approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in order for the sponsored person to receive a visa. To receive a visa through this immigration program, the sponsor and the sponsored person will be required to prove their relationship to one another. Individuals whose adoption proceedings are in the final phases of processing may begin sponsoring their child before the adoption has been finalized. To better understand the specific requirements for the program, as well as some additional general requirements for Canadian sponsorship, we at Your Special Immigration can help you.
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