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Complete Guide On Family Class Sponsorship In Canada


Are you a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has relatives in another country and is seeking ways to bring them all to Canada to live together? The importance of family reunions to Canadians and the Canadian government cannot be overstated. It is where the concept of family class sponsorship was born. The family class sponsorship Canada programme allows Canadian residents and individuals with PR status to bring their family members from abroad to Canada. If this describes your circumstance, read on to find out more.

Who Can Be A Sponsor?

You must fulfil the following criteria to be eligible to sponsor a family member:

  • You must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada to be eligible.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to participate.
  • Meet the LICO standards, demonstrating that you can and will financially support them for the requisite period.

Who Can Be Sponsored Under The Family Class Sponsorship Program?

Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor members of their immediate family under the family class sponsorship Canada programme. The following members of your immediate family may be sponsored:

  • Spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner are all terms for the same person.
  • Child/children who rely on you
  • Which comes first, the father or the mother?
  • Grandparents
  • either a sister or a brother
  • nephew or niece
  • If their parents die and they are under the age of 18, their grandchildren are eligible.

There are two more circumstances in which you could be able to sponsor someone who isn’t a family member.

Orphaned relatives: if you have orphaned blood or adopted relative who is unmarried and under the age of 18, you can seek to sponsor them to come to Canada. They must fulfil all three conditions.

Another close relative: If you do not have any surviving relatives in Canada or overseas, you can sponsor a member of your family who is connected to you by blood or adoption.

Who Can Sponsor A Family Member?

Before attempting to bring a family member to Canada, be sure you are qualified to sponsor them. The following conditions must be met:

  • You must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada to be eligible.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to participate.
  • Must be able to financially support the sponsored individual for the requisite period (this does not apply to sponsoring a spouse, conjugal, or common-law partner) (LICO)

Eligibility Of The People You Can Sponsor

Your spouse, partner, dependent kid, and their dependent children must furnish the following to demonstrate that they fulfil the qualifying requirements:

  • With their application, they must provide all needed papers and documentation.
  • During the processing of your application, you may be asked for more information. Biometrics and medical examinations are two examples.

What Is The Income Requirement For Sponsoring A Canadian Family?

Some sponsorship applications, such as those from parents, grandparents, eligible orphaned relatives, or those who qualify under the “lonely Canadian” policy, are subject to minimum income restrictions.

These sponsors must have the minimum ‘Minimum Necessary Income (MNI)’ for the size of their family unit, as well as produce Canada Revenue Agency Notices of Assessment (NOA) as confirmation that they have fulfilled the MNI for at least three years.

You do not need to show a minimum amount of money to sponsor a spouse, unlike most other kinds of Canadian sponsorship. When you sponsor a family member to come to Canada, you must sign an undertaking promising to provide financial assistance for the sponsored family member’s necessities. This agreement is necessary for all sponsorship applications, and it recognizes a sponsor’s promise to return social assistance funds provided to the sponsor and their family member(s) over 20 years. If the sponsor lives in Quebec, a supplemental commitment will be required.

The duration of the project is determined by the type of support. The duration of spousal sponsorship (including spouses and common-law or conjugal partners) is three years from the date the sponsored individual becomes a permanent resident of Canada.

Sponsors of their dependent children who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents are not required to fulfil the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) if their dependent kid does not have any children of their own. If the sponsored dependent kid has their dependent children, the sponsor must fulfil the MNI requirements for their family unit size.

How Long Does Family Class Sponsorship Canada Take?

From start to finish, sponsorship applications take around a year to process. They are usually handled in 12 months, but depending on the nature of your case, it may take longer.

Your application may be delayed if you have a challenging case or the immigration officer seeks extra documentation of your relationship.

The easiest method to ensure that your sponsorship application is processed promptly is to ensure that it is completed correctly the first time. Visa Immigration, a Toronto-based immigration lawyer and legal specialist has assisted hundreds of spousal sponsorship applicants.

Do I Need A Job To Sponsor A Family Member?

Applicants must fulfil MNI standards to sponsor a family member who is not a spouse or partner. While a job is not always required, sponsors must present proof of adequate income from the preceding three years to sustain their sponsored family members.

Hire Immigration Lawyer Toronto For Family Class Sponsorship

If you are unfamiliar with the process, applying for family class sponsorship might be tough. It is strongly advised that you seek the advice of an experienced professional immigration attorney. We have helped scores of customers with a reunion at Visa Immigration Law Firm. Call us at (647) 699-1697 right now to talk about it.