There are many Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have their family members living abroad. The Canadian government is trying to provide numerous sponsorship opportunities and keep the families together whenever is possible. Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are at least 18 years old are eligible to sponsor their dependent children, parents and grandparents, and spouse or common-law/conjugal partner to immigrate to Canada. Nevertheless, relatives will be able to live, study and work in Canada, if they become permanent residents.
Canada’s Family Class Sponsorship programs are some of the most generous family reunification programs in the world. The following are Family Class Sponsorship programs available for Canadian citizens or permanent residents:
- Spouse or Common Law Partner Sponsorship
- Dependent Child Sponsorship
- Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship
- Provincial Family Class Sponsorship
In order to come to Canada under the Family Class Visa, both the sponsor and a sponsored person must be approved by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Furthermore, a sponsor must prove that he or she will provide basic needs, such as food, clothing and shelter, and support a relative financially, without asking a financial help from the government.