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Family Class

Family reunification is one of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s highest priorities and it is defined as right to any Canadian as stated on section 3d of the IRPA. This category is pertinent for Canadians and Permanent Residents who wish to sponsor a close relative for Permanent Residence.
 
As a Canadian citizen or resident, you can sponsor a spouse, permanent partner, dependent children, parents or grandparents to become a permanent resident. As a relative, the Canadian family member will provide assistance in the individual’s ability to establish itself in Canada.
 
This category is subdivided in two categories:
Sponsorship of Parents and / or Grandparents: For those whose children or grandchildren are residents or citizens of Canada and are currently living in Canada. The sponsor must be aware they will be held responsible for financially supporting the applicant and ensuring that upon arrival in Canada they will not be using social support offered by the government.
 
Sponsorship of spouse and / or children: For those whose spouse or parents are residents or citizens of Canada and are currently living in Canada. The sponsor must be aware they will be held responsible for financially supporting the applicant and ensuring that upon arrival in Canada they will not be using social support offered by the government.
 
To qualify as a sponsor, you need to:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident,
  • Be at least 18 years old,
  • Live in Canada, or in the case of citizens, prove that you plan to live in Canada as soon as your sponsored relative becomes a permanent resident,
  • Satisfy Quebec specific laws regarding sponsorship if you live in Quebec; d
  • Be able to prove that you have enough income to provide basic needs of the person or people that you are sponsoring.

 
In the case of spouse sponsorships: in order to sponsored, the spouse or common-law partner must be at least 18 years of age and the relationship must be a genuine one.
There two different modalities of this application: Overseas sponsorship application (spouses/common law partners living abroad) and In-land sponsorship application (sponsored is person living Canada). The sponsored Person(s) applying in Canada are eligible to apply for a work permit when the sponsorship is filed.

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