Sponsor a Family Member to Canada
The Canadian government has a strong commitment to family re-unification and ensuring that Permanent Residents and citizens can sponsor certain relatives to Canada.
Sponsoring a Spouse
If your spouse is not a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, you will have to become a sponsor to allow them to stay in Canada on a permanent basis.
Spousal applications are highly scrutinized by immigration officers. If an immigration officer has any reason to believe that your relationship with your spouse is not genuine, or that they do not have an intention to reside in Canada, it will be refused.
It is important to understand that even if you have a genuine relationship with your spouse, your application will be rejected if you can satisfy the immigration officer’s scrutiny of your application.
If your application is refused, you will only have a right to appeal if the application was made outside of Canada.
If your application is refused when you spouse is residing in Canada, they will not have a right to appeal. They will need to submit a new application and they will lose their status in Canada.
Furthermore, your spouse will only be able to apply for a work permit if they are inside of Canada at the time the application is being processed.
If you have a child who is under the age of 22, you will be able to sponsor them to Canada. In certain circumstances, you may be able to sponsor a child who is over the age of 22 if they meet the following requirements:
What are the Requirements to Sponsor my Parents to Canada?
In order to be eligible to sponsor your parents to Canada, you must meet the following requirements:
You must also fulfill an undertaking that you agree to be financially responsible for your parents for 20 years starting from the time that they become a Permanent Residnet.
Who can I sponsor?
You can sponsor your own parents and grandparents, related by blood or adoption.