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Canada Family Sponsorship Rules in 2023: A way to be with your loved ones once again!

Many immigrants dream of living as a family again in Canada. Canada family sponsorship program allows this dream to become reality! If you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident and over 18 years old, certain relatives could be sponsored by you to come to Canada.

Needless to say, it works the other way around too, if one of your certain relatives is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident living in Canada, they can sponsor you to go to Canada. About 91,311 immigrated through this program. Admitting 42,570 immigrants through this pilot, Ontario has extended the window for the applicants.

Family members could be brought together through Canada family sponsorship
Family members could be brought together through family sponsorship

Who can you sponsor through Canada family sponsorship?

The certain relatives that can sponsor or be sponsored are:

Canada Family Sponsorship: Spouse, common law partner, or dependent children

To sponsor a spouse or common-law partner or dependent children through Canada family sponsorship, one must be able to:

  • Support them financially
  • Make sure social assistance from the government is not needed for them.

The process of this application takes about 12 months, and the fees for the spouse or common-law partner is 1080 CAD and for a dependent child is 150 CAD.

Family sponsorship: Parents or grandparents

This program of Canada family sponsorship is closed as of now (Jun 2022); if you have submitted in 2020 and are invited to apply, you can apply to sponsor. Usually in this form of immigration, a certain number of candidates are selected randomly and are able to apply.

The fees are 1085 CAD for each person you want to sponsor, and the processing time is between 20 and 24 months.

The parent and grandparents of permanent residents and citizens can still apply for a “super visa”, a form of visiting visa.

Family sponsorship: Relatives

Sponsoring a brother, sister, aunt, uncle, or cousin has specific criteria which must be met. These conditions are:

  • If you want to sponsor your brother, sister, nephew, niece, or grandchildren:
  1. They must be related by blood
  2. Both parent must be passed away
  3. They must be under 18 years old
  4. They must be single
  • If someone else is taking care of them instead of their parents, they are not qualified to be sponsored.

You can sponsor one relative (related by blood or adoption), regardless of their age, if all the conditions of Canada family sponsorship are met:

  1. The person you want to sponsor must not have a living relative that you could sponsor instead, for example, spouse, partner, parent, grandparent, children, siblings, etc.
  2. You (the sponsor) don’t have any relatives with a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or registered Indian status.

Family sponsorship: An adopted child

You can adopt a child from another country and bring them to Canada if you are a citizen or a permanent resident.

A family is a family when together
A family is a family when together

Our Last Words on Family Sponsorship

Now that you know if one of your relatives is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident living in Canada, they can sponsor you to go to Canada; let us know how we can improve your immigration. We hope that our information has been interesting enough for you. 

If you want to check other immigration plans, you can read our articles on Agri-food PilotRural and Northern Immigration PilotSelf-Employed Persons ProgramRefugeeAtlantic Immigration Plan, and last but not least, Express Entry.

Get in touch with us if you want to know more about Canada Family sponsorship. We are happy to help, and we look forward to seeing your comments. You can also read more about Canada’s politics, historyeconomygeography, and Socio-culture.


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