Family Class Immigration
Family reunification is one of the key pillars of Canadian immigration policy, and visa applications under the Family Class category get a high priority at Canadian Visa Offices. Under the Family Class, Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their close family members, including spouses, partners, dependent children, parents, and grandparents.
In addition to being a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident, a sponsor must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Not be in prison, bankrupt, charged with a serious criminal offence, or under a removal order
- Not be recieving social assistance for reasons other than a disability
Sponsors must be residing inside Canada. The one exception to this rule is for Canadian citizens, sponsoring a spouse, partner, or dependent child, who intend to return to Canada once the sponsored person becomes a permanent resident.
Furthermore, a sponsor must demonstrate the financial ability to provide the sponsored person with their essential needs when in Canada, should they not be able to provide for themselves. The sponsor must commit to this support through a written agreement with the government of Canada or Quebec.
The length of this commitment depends on which family member is being sponsored:
Types of Sponsorship
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