If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and you have a family member who wants to immigrate to Canada, you may be able to sponsor them to become a permanent resident. Sponsorship allows your family member to live, work, and study in Canada permanently.
To be eligible to sponsor a family member to Canada, you must meet certain requirements as the sponsor. These requirements include:
- Being 18 years of age or older
- Being a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or registered Indian under the Indian Act
- Residing in Canada, unless you are a Canadian citizen who is a member of the Canadian Armed Forces or an employee of the federal public administration or the public service of a province or territory, and you are posted abroad
- Having the financial ability to provide for the basic needs of the person you want to sponsor and any other family members who are coming with them to Canada
- Signing an undertaking promising to financially support the sponsored person and any other family members who are coming with them to Canada
It’s important to note that the requirements for sponsorship eligibility may vary depending on the relationship between the sponsor and the sponsored person. For example, different rules may apply if you are sponsoring a spouse or common-law partner, a dependent child, a parent or grandparent, or other family members.
If you are considering sponsoring a family member to come to Canada, it’s a good idea to consult with an immigration lawyer or a qualified immigration professional to ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements and understand your responsibilities as a sponsor. They can also help you navigate the sponsorship application process and increase your chances of success.