Family Class Immigration
Canadian citizens and permanent residents living in Canada, 18 years of
age or older, may sponsor close relatives or family members who want to
become permanent residents of Canada. Sponsors must promise to support the
relative or family member and their accompanying family members for a
three to 10 years to help them settle in Canada.
Under the Canada–Quebec Accord, the province of Quebec has a role in
determining sponsorship eligibility for Quebec residents. However, the
Quebec portion of the process is begun only after Citizenship and
Immigration Canada (CIC) has finished its assessment of your ability to
meet Canada’s sponsorship requirements.
If you live in Quebec and want more information about the province’s
immigration requirements please contact
Quebec Immigration for information.
You can sponsor relatives or family members from abroad if they are:
spouses, common-law or conjugal partners 16 years of age or older;
- parents and grandparents;
- dependent children, including adopted children;
- children under 18 years of age whom you intend to adopt;
- brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces or grandchildren who are orphans;
under the age of 18 and not married or in a common-law relationship; or
- you may also sponsor one relative of any age if you do not have an
aunt, uncle or family member from the list above who you could sponsor
or who is already a Canadian citizen, Indian or permanent resident.
A son or daughter is dependent when the child:
- is under the age of 22 and does not have a spouse or common-law
- is a full time student and is substantially dependent on a parent
for financial support since before the age of 22, or since becoming a
spouse or common-law partner (if this happened before age 22); or
- is financially dependent on a parent since before the age of 22
because of a disability.
Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada Class
You may also sponsor a spouse or common-law partner from within Canada
if they have been living with you in Canada. Sponsorship of a spouse or
common-law partner includes their dependent children whether inside or
outside of Canada.
about the change announced on February 18, 2005 that affects the
sponsorship of spouses and common-law partners from within Canada.
Interim Policy on Civil Marriages between Same-Sex Persons
For immigration purposes only, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
has put in place an
interim policy to recognize the validity of civil marriages between a
foreign national and his/her Canadian citizen or permanent resident
Sponsoring a Relative or Family Member
If you want to sponsor any of the above listed relatives or family
members, you may have to meet certain income requirements. If you have
previously sponsored relatives or family members who have received social
assistance, you may not be allowed to sponsor another person. Sponsorship
is a considerable commitment so you should take this obligation seriously.
If you live in any province in Canada except Quebec and wish to sponsor
a relative or family member, you must sign an Undertaking with the
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. You must also sign a Sponsorship
Agreement with your relative or family member that outlines your mutual
commitments to each other. For Quebec residents, an undertaking will be
signed with the province of Quebec.
Adopting a Child From Another Country
To adopt a child from another country you must go through both the
adoption process and the sponsorship and immigration process.
about international adoptions.
Applying as a Sponsored Immigrant
If you wish to become a permanent resident of Canada, your relative or
family member in Canada must first apply to sponsor you. You must be one
of the relatives or family members listed above to be eligible for
Both you and your sponsor need to sign a Sponsorship Agreement. The
Agreement outlines your mutual obligations to each other. Your sponsor
must promise to support you and your family members financially for three
to 10 years so that you will not need to apply for social assistance. You
must promise to make every effort to become self-supporting (unless you
There is lots of help out there for those looking for work. Find out
Working in Canada.
Applications for Sponsorship and Immigration to Canada from Abroad
Before your relative or family member can immigrate to Canada, you must
sponsor that person. Your relative or family member must then apply for
immigration. Learn more and print the
and applications you need for sponsorship and immigration.
Applications for Sponsorship and Immigration from Within Canada
In some cases, you may sponsor a spouse or common-law partner who is
already living with you in Canada. Learn more and print the
and applications you need for sponsorship and immigration