The family class sponsorship program in Canada is aimed at reuniting Canadian citizens and permanent residents with their family members. By undertaking to support sponsored family members for Canadian immigration, the sponsor promises that, for a specified duration, they will provide basic needs for their members of a family, so they do not have to rely on money from the Canadian government.
Family class sponsorship applications involving spouses, conjugal partners, or common-law and dependent children are given priority in processing times.
Requirements to Become a Sponsor
You can sponsor your family members if you fit the following four criteria:
- You are 18 years old or above.
- You are a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada currently living in Canada, or are registered as an Indian under the Indian Act.
- You are not receiving any social assistance unless it is for disability reasons.
Sponsor your common-law partner, spouse, or conjugal partner for Canadian Immigration
You can sponsor your partner for Canadian immigration, regardless of their gender, as long as you both are at least 18 years old and legally married, in a common-law relationship or a conjugal relationship.
If you are in a common-law relationship, you need to demonstrate that you both have lived together for at least 12 months.
You may be able to sponsor a conjugal partner if your partner is living outside Canada and have been in a relationship for at least one year. You need to demonstrate that there are social or legal barriers preventing them from getting married or living together.
Sponsor your dependent children
Your children are eligible as dependents if they meet these conditions:
- Less than 22 years old.
- They don’t have a spouse or common-law partner.
Those children who are 22 years old or older be eligible as dependents if they meet the below-mentioned conditions:
- The children are not capable of financially supporting themselves due to mental or physical health conditions.
- The children are dependent on their parents for financial support before the age of 22.