Family Class Sponsorship
Canada’s immigration legislation includes different categories such as family class, skilled worker and investor under which prospective immigrants can apply for Canadian permanent resident status. Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), examples of individuals who can be sponsored under the family class, include a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner, parents, grandparents and dependent children. There are specific requirements for each of these categories of individuals that can be sponsored.
To be a sponsor, you must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, living in Canada and will continue to live in Canada (with certain exceptions), and be financially eligible to qualify. There is a processing fee for sponsorship. Individuals may not qualify to be a sponsor if certain criterion applies to them.
There are rules governing family class sponsorships such as rules about co-signors, financial requirements of sponsors, the length of the sponsorship undertaking as well as responsibilities of the sponsors. There are also different sponsorship processes which apply to applications made from within and those made from outside of Canada. An appeal process is available for sponsorships that are refused. Appeals must be made within the proscribed time limit.
This link will provide details and information about family class sponsorship. This brochure focuses on the eligibility criteria for this category as well as the rights of the sponsor and sponsored person(s) and the application process. Our brochure contains only general legal information. The law can change, and each person’s situation is different. If you have any specific questions, please contact your local community legal clinic, community agency or an immigration lawyer.