What is the Family Sponsorship Program, and how does it work?

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If you have relatives who reside in Canada, you may be sponsored for a Canada PR visa via the Family Sponsorship Program. One of the cornerstones of Canadian immigration is “Family Reunification”.

How does family-class sponsorship work?

As permanent residents, your relatives are eligible to reside, work, and attend school in Canada. If you are at least 18 years old and one of the following, you may sponsor someone:

a) a citizen of Canada;

b) a permanent resident of Canada;

c) a person who is recognized as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act in Canada;

How does family sponsorship work in Canada?

Certain members of your family may be sponsored to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and are at least 18 years old. You can remain, study, and work in Canada if you are granted permanent residency. You must provide for your relative financially once they arrive in Canada if you are sponsoring them to become a permanent residence.

What advantages do programs for family sponsorship offer?

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The benefits of Canada’s family sponsorship schemes include the following:

✅There are no minimum point requirements for family members sponsored in this category.

✅Relatives who receive a PR Visa through a family sponsorship scheme are permitted to reside, work, or study in Canada.

✅Having access to government-funded healthcare, free education up to the age of 18, Old Age Security payments, and guaranteed income supplements.

✅After three years, parents who are residing in Canada as permanent residents on a dependent visa may seek citizenship.

You can obtain a road to a Canada PR Visa through programs like the Express Entry program, the Provincial Nominee Program, etc., in addition to family-based immigration to Canada. Candidates for express entry receive ITAs from the IRCC through frequently organized express entry draws.

What conditions must one fulfil to become a sponsor?

The Canadian national or lawful permanent resident must:

✅Sign a sponsorship contract with the parent who will be sponsored, committing the sponsor to helping the parent financially if necessary. The person who enters into this arrangement likewise promises to do everything in his power to support himself.

✅Provide financial support for a dependent child for 10 years or until the child reaches the age of 25, whichever comes first.

✅Provide financial assistance for a spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner for three years after they become a permanent resident.

Who qualifies as a family-class sponsor?

Family members who you can sponsor are:

  • spouse (with some restrictions)
  • common-law partner (with some restrictions)
  • conjugal partner (with some restrictions)
  • dependent children
  • parents (with some additional conditions)
  • grandparents (with additional conditions)
  • another parent of any age or relationship, but only under certain circumstances;
  • accompanying parents of the aforementioned people.
  • siblings, nephews, nieces, orphaned granddaughters, orphaned grandsons, under the age of 18, and not married or in a common-law relationship (e.g., spouse, partner, and dependent children).

Sponsorship Contract

If the sponsor’s family member is unable to maintain himself financially, the sponsor must agree to do so. To make sure the new resident won’t require government support, this is being done. This contract is known as a sponsorship agreement. The sponsored person determines how long this financial commitment will last.

3 years for spouses, common-law partners, or lovers;

Dependent children: 10 years OR when the child turns 22 years old (whichever occurs first); 3 years if the dependent child is more than 22 years old;

Grandparent or parent: 20 years;

What is the cost of the family sponsorship program?

The processing expenses for applications for family classes and sponsorships must be paid to the Canadian government. The costs for the program of family sponsorship are shown in the following table:

Adopted children and other relatives

FeeCAD
Sponsor a family member (22 years of age or older)
Fees for sponsorship ($75), processing of the primary application ($475), and the right to permanent residence ($500)
10,50
Sponsor a family member (22 years of age or older) without paying a permanent residence fee.
Processing charges for the principal applicant ($475) and the sponsorship fee ($75)
550
Sponsor or include an orphaned family member, an adopted child (or child to be adopted), or a dependent.
Only support a dependent child ($75 sponsorship cost plus $75 processing fee) or add one to your application together with a relative ($150).
150 per child
Sponsor a relative under 22 (not your dependent child).
There is a $75 fee for sponsorship, a $75 fee for processing the principal applicant, and a $500 fee for the right to permanent residence.
650
Sponsor a family member (under 22 years old and not your dependent child) without paying a permanent residence fee)
Processing fees for major applicants and sponsors are each $75.
150
Include the partner or spouse of your relative’s processing ($550) and right of permanent residency ($500) fees.1,050

Parents Sponsorship Canada and grandparents

FeeCAD
Sponsor your grandparent or parent
Fees for principal application processing ($475), sponsorship ($75), and the right to permanent residency ($500)
1050
Sponsor your grandparent or parent (without the right to a permanent residence fee)
Processing charges for the principal applicant ($475) and the sponsorship fee ($75)
550
You should also include your parent’s or grandparent’s spouse or partner.
Fees for processing ($550) and the right to permanent residence ($500)
1050
You should also include your parent’s or grandparent’s spouse or partner (without the right to a permanent residence fee)
Fee for service ($550)
550
The sponsor can sponsor a family member (under 22 years old and not a dependent daughter or son) without paying the application fee for permanent residence.
Processing fees for major applicants and sponsors are each $75.
150
Include a dependent grandchild or parent of yours.150 per child

Spouse Sponsorship Canada, partner, or child

FeeCAD
Sponsor your partner or spouse
Fees for principal application processing ($475), sponsorship ($75), and the right to permanent residency ($500)
1,050
Without paying a fee for the privilege of permanent residence, sponsor your spouse or companion.
Processing charges for the principal applicant ($475) and the sponsorship fee ($75)
550
Support a dependent child
processing cost of $75 and sponsorship fee of $75
150 (per child)
comprise any dependent children
Include any dependent children ($150) when submitting an application with your spouse or partner.
150

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