Family sponsorship

Help Your Loved One Immigrate to Canada with the Canadian Family Sponsorship

Family sponsorship programs allow Canadians to invite certain relatives to study, work, or live in Canada. You can sponsor your family for Canada if you are:

  • A Canadian citizen
  • An individual registered in Canada as an Indian
  • Permanent resident of Canada
  • You’re at least 18

Who is Eligible for a Canadian Family Sponsorship?

Anyone over the age of 18, a permanent resident, or a Canadian citizen may sponsor a member of their family. Sponsors’ are required to reside in Canada unless:

  • They plan to reside in Canada once the sponsored relative arrives
  • They’re currently living abroad.

You are not allowed to sponsor if you are:

  • Experiencing bankruptcy
  • Failing to pay child support payments
  • Having a removal order
  • In prison
  • Receiving social assistance excluding disability
  • Convicted of, threatened to commit, or attempted an offense of violent/sexual nature that caused bodily harm to a family member
  • Sponsored a spouse/partner who has not been a permanent resident for three years
  • Trying to sponsor a relative in the past yet failed
  • Were unable to pay back immigration loans or missed payments

How Do You Apply for a Family Sponsorship?

When it comes to applying for Canadian family sponsorship, you and your partner/child need to fill two applications because:

  • You need to apply to sponsor your family
  • Your partner and/or child need to apply for permanent residence

You’ll be required to send a sponsorship and permanent residence applications at the same time.

Note: If you want to sponsor an orphaned family member or adopted child, you’ll have to meet different specifications. Visit The Government of Canada’s website to learn more about this.

What Happens After You Apply?

If you’re invited to submit a complete family sponsorship application, the CPC will review your application. Keep in mind that only complete applications are processed.