What is Family Class Sponsorship?
Family Class Sponsorship is a program put in place by the Canadian government which allows anyone who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident over the age of 18 to sponsor an eligible family member who is currently residing outside of Canada, to live in Canada as a permanent resident. The Family Class Sponsorship program allows for these eligible family members to live in Canada indefinitely. They are able to work, obtain an education, and receive Canadian health care benefits.
Family Members Eligible for Sponsorship
A Canadian Citizen or permanent resident has the opportunity to sponsor a:
- Common-law partner
- Conjugal partner or fiancé
- Dependent child
- Spouse’s or common-law partner’s dependent child
- Grandchild who is still a dependent
- Mother or father
- Grandmother or grandfather
- Sister, brother, niece, nephew, grandchild (whose parents are deceased) – all of whom must be under the age of 18, not married and not in a common-law partnership
As well as being a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident over the age of 18, a sponsor must satisfy other requirements in order to sponsor a family member.
- Prove that they have the means to provide financial support for their family members and dependents
- Enter into a binding agreement with the Canadian government, along with the sponsored family member, that states that the sponsor has agreed to provide support for the relative for a certain time period. The sponsored family member must also make an effort to provide for themselves.
- Not be incarcerated or charged with a serious offence
- Cannot be under a removal order (if the sponsor is a permanent resident)
- Not be bankrupt
- Must either currently live in Canada, or must prove that they intend to live in Canada when the family member arrives in Canada