Secure a Place for Your Family Through the Canadian Sponsorship Immigration Program

The festive season is upon us, and now more than ever is the time to spend with your loved ones. Canada is a community that values family bonds and relationships. Did you know that as a Canadian permanent resident or citizen you can sponsor your spouse, partner or dependent children to get permanent residence in Canada?

This not only opens up new avenues for your loved ones regarding job opportunities, having access to free public healthcare and education, as well as being able to live a life of freedom, tolerance, safety and security.

Eligibility of this immigration program relies on factors such as your age, your residency status and being able to support your loved ones financially for a certain period of time. This period of time depends on their age, relationship to you as well as where you live.

Family sponsorship is one of the simplest ways to immigrate to Canada however your application can easily be affected if you fail to complete it correctly or submit all necessary documents. Using a paid immigration consultancy can improve your chances of success as application are more likely to be approved and you will be guaranteed that all applications will be submitted according to government regulations.

As an official immigration agency, we can help you apply for family sponsorship and streamline the process. Simply click the link below and complete our online form to liaise with one of our accredited RCICs.

Continue reading to find out more about what this amazing immigration program offers and whether you qualify to change your family member’s lives for the better.

Am I Eligible to Sponsor My Loved Ones

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Family sponsorship is one of the easiest ways to immigrate to Canada. The following criteria must be met in order to be considered eligible to apply to sponsor your loved ones. You are required to:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada;
  • Be able to prove that you are not receiving social assistance (unless for disability);
  • Be able to provide basic needs for your intended sponsee.

If you are living in Quebec the criteria will differ slightly and you will need to sign an “undertaking” with the province directly.

The length of time for which you will be responsible for financially supporting your spouse, partner or dependent child/children depends on:

  • the age of the sponsored person;
  • their relationship to you; and
  • where you live.

Below is the length of time you will be required to support your sponsored loved one:

Length of Financial Sponsorship for Family Members, Spouses, Partners and Dependents
Sponsored IndividualLength of Undertaking
Spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner3 years
Dependent child (biological or adopted) or child to be adopted in Canada under 22 years of age10 years, or until age 25, whichever comes first
Dependent child 22 years of age or older3 years
Parent or grandparent20 years
Other relative10 years

Who Can I Sponsor?

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By having Canadian permanent residence, you are able to sponsor your spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, dependent children and grandparents, as long as they meet certain criteria. Below are the criteria that must be met:

Eligibility Requirements for Sponsored Individuals
Sponsored IndividualCriteria
  • Be legally married to you

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Common-law partner
  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Have lived with you for at least 12 consecutive months
  • Conjugal partner
  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Have been in a relationship for at least 1 year

  • Lives outside of Canada
  • Dependent child
  • Must be under 22 years old; and

  • Don’t have a spouse or common-law partner
  • Dependent child (over the age of 22)
  • Unable to support themselves due to a mental or physical condition

  • have depended on their parents for financial support since before the age of 22

  • Sponsored individuals/sponsees will also need to meet the general admissibility requirements of Canada, and you may therefore possible have to provide supporting documents such as medical exams and biometrics along with your application forms and documents during the application process.

    How Do I Apply?

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    Apply to Become a Sponsor & Apply for Permanent Residence for Sponsee

    The great part about this immigration program is that you are able to submit both your application to become a sponsor and your spouse's application for permanent residence simultaneously.

    Application time varies based on the relationship of your sponsee and where you are applying from. The processing time is currently estimated at 12 months for a spouse or common-law partners and 20-24 months for parents and grandparents.

    During the application period, sponsees will be required to submit:

    • Biometrics;
    • Medical exams;
    • Police certificates;
    • Any other supporting documentation specific to your application.

    It is important to note that any incomplete applications or applications with fees that haven’t been paid will be returned. This is why it is so important to use an immigration consultancy that is in good standing with the Canadian government and has accredited RCICs.

    Ready to start the process of changing your loved one’s lives? Simply click the link below for your eligibility assessment.

    How We Streamline Your Application


    Immigration to Canada can be both complex and confusing. By using our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) you will not only optimize your chances of success in the visa application process, but you will receive expert advice on which program is best for your personal needs. Our RCICs are registered with the ICCRC and are legally permitted to assist you by evaluating your eligibility, reviewing all documentation and submitting it to the Canadian government on your behalf.

    Don't risk your loved one’s chances of living their Canadian dream alongside you. Let us make sure that all forms are completed correctly and sent in on time. All you have to do is complete our online form and we’ll take care of the rest. It's just that simple.