Family reunification is one of the main goals of Canadian immigration policy, this includes sponsoring a child or parent to Canada. Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their immediate family members, that is their parents, grandparents, children and other dependants. There are some particular situations where you can sponsor other relatives.
The sponsor must reside in Canada during the sponsorship process if he/she is a permanent resident. However, if the sponsors are Canadian citizens, they may reside outside of Canada as long as they can demonstrate their intention of returning to Canada one the sponsorship process is completed. The sponsor must sign a financial undertaking for a period of 20 years. If you are in the province of Quebec, the financial undertaking will be made with the government of Quebec.
– A person under the age of 18
– If you are not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or registered Indian under the Canadian Indian Act.
– If you are still financially responsible for a previous spouse, or partner that you sponsored in the past.
– If you are in jail, or prison
– Declared bankruptcy and are not discharged
– You are receiving social assistance
– You have a criminal record inside or outside of Canada for a violent criminal offence against a relative, or of any sexual offence.
– Age: Sponsor must be at least 18 years old.
– Status and Residence: Sponsor must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or must live in Canada
– Income Requirements: The sponsor must meet the Minimum Required Income (MNI) in the last 3 years.
– The sponsor must commit to provide support to the sponsored person and their financial dependents as to provide their basic needs.
– Sponsorship Agreement: The sponsor must sign a mutual agreement with the sponsored person to confirm that they both understand each other’s obligations and responsibilities.