What is Family Class Sponsorship?
Family sponsorship is one of the fastest and most popular pathways to gaining permanent residence in Canada.
Canada is a country committed to the reunification of loved ones. The country, therefore, provides several immigration programs that give Canadians the privileges of sponsoring their family members in Canada.
This, therefore, means foreigners who have families in Canada can be sponsored by their family members to come to Canada for work, study or to settle down.
How Family Sponsorship Works
With the help of the Family Class Sponsorship, many foreigners have been able to immigrate to Canada permanently.
A Family Class Sponsorship works by allowing a citizen of Canada who is up to 18 years of age and above to sponsor certain family members to become Canadian permanent residents which gives them legal rights to work, study etc. in Canada. If you sponsor a family member to Canada, you would be responsible for supporting him or her financially.
Requirements to be a Sponsor
To be a sponsor, you must;
- Be up to 18 years of age and above
- Sign a sponsorship agreement that commits you to be responsible for the financial needs of the family member(s) you intend to sponsor. This agreement also demands the relative being sponsored will make effort to support him or herself financially.
- You are required to provide financial support for a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner for three years from the date they become a permanent resident
- You are required to provide financial support for a dependent child for 10 years, or until the child turns 25, whichever comes first.
Who you can Sponsor?
With the aid of the Family Class Sponsorship, you can sponsor the following relatives;
- common-law partner – (restrictions apply)
- conjugal partner – (restrictions apply)
- dependent children
- parents – (Additional conditions apply)
- grandparents – (Additional conditions apply)
- brothers or sisters, nephews or nieces, granddaughters or grandsons who are orphaned, under 18 years of age and not married or in a common-law relationship
- another relative of any age or relationship but only under specific conditions
- Accompanying relatives of the above (for example, spouse, partner and dependent children).
If you have read up to this point, you would have a good understanding of how family sponsorship can lead to permanent residency in Canada. If you have any questions, be sure to send us a message in the comment section below.