Sponsor family members to Canada

CIC Family Sponsorship | Canadian Immigration

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What are the requirements to sponsor family members to Canada?

The reunification of families is a grand priority for the Canadian Immigration program and there are multiple ways through which this can be done.

Sponsors must meet certain criteria before they can sponsor family members.

General requirements include:

1) Being over the age of 18 and being a Canadian permanent resident or citizen

2) Signing an undertaking promising to provide the basic requirements of the sponsored person. The length of the undertaking will vary based on who you are sponsoring. See list below1

3) Signing an agreement with the sponsored person

4) Meeting certain income requirements 2

In addition to the requirements above, sponsors cannot:

1) Be receiving social assistance

2) Be in default of a previous undertaking or support payment

3) Be bankrupt

4) Be subject to a removal order from Canada

5) Have been convicted of a violent or sexual offense against a relative

1 List 1) Sponsorship length of undertaking

Spouse or partner: 3 years

Dependent child under 22: 10 years of until age 25 (whichever comes 1st)

Dependent child over 22: 3 years

Parent/Grandparent: 20 years

Other relatives: 10 years

2 Minimum income will not be a deciding factor for spousal and child sponsorship.

Who Can I Sponsor?

Parents and grandparents Sponsorship

There are 2 ways to invite your parents/grandparents to Canada.

1) The Supervisa is a temporary residence program that allows entry for up to 2 years at a time and is valid for up to 10 years. This is great for those parents and grandparents who might prefer to still reside in their home country. In addition to the requirements listed above, sponsors must purchase valid medical insurance. Click here (tel:+17809829548) to get the cheapest insurance quotes from multiple companies.

2) Through a lottery system, interested Canadians can sponsor parents for a PR invitation to Canada. The interest form to apply usually opens in Jan/Feb of every new year, while the invitations for PR are sent to the lucky winners in the summer or fall of the same year.

To qualify you must meet certain income requirements for the past 3 years. Click here for the latest minimum income cut-off. (https://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/answer.asp?qnum=1445&top=14)

Sponsor spouse or common law partner to Canada

There are 3 definitions of people in this category.

1) Spouses are legally married and have a certificate of marriage to prove this relationship. You both must have been physically present at the time of marriage. In other words, a Zoom wedding where you are not together does not count.

2) Common Law partners are those who cohabit in a marriage like relationship, without having been married. This relationship needs to have been ongoing for at least 1 year of living together, however brief periods of separation are acceptable.

3) Conjugal Partners are those who due to circumstances beyond their control can not be classified as spouse or common law partners. Circumstances can include immigration barriers, legal restrictions or restrictions based on religious differences or sexuality. Their relationship needs to have been ongoing for at least 1 year at the same commitment level as that of spouses or common law couples.

There are 2 types of applications for spousal sponsorship:

1) Inland (inside Canada): If your spouse is already in Canada on a temporary visa, you can submit an in-Canada application for PR alongside an open work permit application.

2) Outside Canada: If your spouse is outside of Canada, this application does not include an open work permit. The benefit of outside Canada sponsorship is that it can be faster for processing.

Sponsor Children to Canada

To sponsor your dependent child, they must be less than 19 years old and not be in a spousal or a common law relationship OR

Is over the age of 19 and has depended on the parents since before the age of 19 due to not being able to be self sufficient because of mental or physical conditions.

Both adopted and biological children are included in these definitions.

In the case of adopted children, it must be done in the best interest of the child, in accordance with the laws in both countries, and with the consent of the child’s legal guardian. We also help with the immigration part of the adoption application. Contact us to learn more about it.

Brother, sister, grandchildren, niece/nephew

To sponsor your sibling, brother, sister, grandchildren or niece/nephew they must be below 18 years of age, not already married AND be orphaned.

You cannot sponsor a brother or sister that is above 18 directly. They would gain additional points for having you as a Canadian family member but ultimately, they must qualify on their own merit to come to Canada. Usually this is done through the Express Entry or PNP program pathways.

Sponsoring Other Relatives to Canada

There is a special program made available for people who want to sponsor Other relatives.

A Canadian who does not have any relatives as Canadians and cannot sponsor anyone through the traditional pathways listed above (spousal, parents etc.) is eligible to sponsor 1 relative of any age.


Person A is unmarried, has no kids or relatives in Canada. His parents recently passed away too in their home country or else he could have sponsored them through the parent sponsorship program. In this case, he is eligible to sponsor 1 family member so he decides to sponsor his niece. Normally, he wouldn’t be eligible to sponsor her, as she is over the age of 18 and not orphaned but because Person A meets the criteria for this special program, he can now sponsor his niece to Canada.

How long does the process take?

The processing time is based on a few factors such as:

Type of program applied for. In-Canada Spousal sponsorships can take up to 2 years while out of Canada can be finished within 12 months

Country of application. Developing countries can have a slower processing time due bureaucratic bottlenecks and checking for document authenticity

Medical, criminal and personal background of the application