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Immigration to Canada under the Family Class sponsorship

The intent of the family class program is to facilitate the reunion in Canada of Canadian citizens and permanent residents with their close relatives and family members.

If you are a Canadian citizen 18 years or older living in Canada or abroad (with the intention of returning to Canada) or a permanent resident, 18 years or older living in Canada you can sponsor your:

  • spouse, common-law or conjugal partner;
  • parents and grand-parents*;
  • dependent children**, including adopted children;
  • children under 18 years of age whom you intend to adopt;
  • sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, or grandchildren (under special circumstances); and
  • any other relative if you have none of the above relatives or family members either in Canada or abroad.

*As of November 4, 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has placed a 2 year hold on applications for sponsorhip and parents and grand-parents and will not accept those applications.

**A child is dependent if he or she meets any of these conditions:

  • is under the age of 22 and does not have a spouse or common-law partner;
  • became a full-time student before the age of 22 and has been substantially dependent on a parent for financial support since before the age of 22; or
  • is financially dependent on a parent since before the age of 22 due to a physical or mental condition.

To sponsor any of the above listed relatives or family members, you may have to meet certain income requirements.  If you have previously sponsored relatives or family members who have received social assistance, you may not be allowed to sponsor another person. 

To sponsor a relative or family member, you must sign a legal contract with the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.  You must also sign a Sponsorship Agreement with your relative or family member that outlines your mutual commitments to each other. 

For an evaluation of your qualifications to sponsor your relative or family member please complete our free assessment.

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