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Spousal and Family

Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are 18 years or older are eligible to sponsor their spouses and certain relatives to live and work in Canada. One of the priorities of the Canadian government is to keep families of foreign nationals together by making initiatives avalable to bring them to Canada.


Spousal and Common-Law Partner

Under the Spousal Sponsorship Program, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident is eligible to sponsor their common-law partner. This is possible once common-law partners have been approved by Citizenship Immigration Canada (CIC).


Parents and Grandparents

Also available through the Family Sponsorship program, is the Parents and Grandparents program, where a Canadian citizen or permanent resident can sponsor their parent or grandparent for immigration to Canada once they meet all the required criteria and pass medical examinations.


Super Visa

The Super Visa is a Family Sponsorship program that allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents or grandparents for immigration to Canada for an extended period of time. The Super Visa has a duration period of a maximum of up to ten years.


Spousal and Family Sponsorship

When you immigrate to Canada, you may not want to be alone. With the Spousal and Family Sponsorship Class, you don’t have to. This Sponsorship Class was created by the Canadian government, to help reunite families whenever possible.

If you are a permanent resident or Canadian citizen, you could qualify to sponsor certain members of your family to join you in Canada as permanent residents. There are several categories that can help unite you and your loved ones.

In 2021, Canada plans on reuniting between 300, 000 - 410, 000 family members through the Family Sponsorship Program.

The Spousal and Family Sponsorship Class allows you to be a Sponsor for your:
Parents and grandparents
Dependant children
Spouses and common-law partners
Orphaned family members
Other family members under very specific circumstances

You can also Sponsor certain family members through Provincial Nominee Programs in:
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island

Canada Family Sponsorship Application Processing Times

Canada wants to help keep families together. For this reason, all Family Sponsorship applications are prioritized by the Canadian Visa Office. Family Sponsorship applications can take anything between 12-24 months to process. Typically, sponsoring your parents or grandparents take the longest.

Who Can You Sponsor for Permanent Residency in Canada?

Spousal and Common-Law Partner Sponsorship

A Canadian permanent resident or citizen may sponsor their non-Canadian spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner after they have been approved by the IRCC. Candidates in same-sex relationships are also considered by the Canadian government. Sponsorships can be through the Outland or Inland Sponsorship.

Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship

This program allows you to sponsor your parents and grandparents for permanent residency in Canada. You must be able to financially support them and their dependents and be sure that they don’t need social assistance from the government. Potential sponsors must submit documents online in order to qualify as one of the 10,000 sponsors that are invited to apply for this sponsorship program.

Dependent Child Sponsorship

This sponsorship applies to both adopted and natural-born children, as long as the sponsor and children receive approval from IRCC. Children qualify as dependents if they’re under 22- years old and don’t have a spouse or common-law partner. The Dependent Child Sponsorship gives candidates the chance to become permanent residents and to study and work in Canada.

Orphaned Family Members and Other Siblings

This program allows you to sponsor an orphaned brother, sister, nephew, niece, or grandchild if they’re related to you by blood and are under 18 years of age. You can also sponsor one relative (brother, sister, nephew, niece, aunt or uncle) of any age if you don’t have a closer living relative you could sponsor instead (spouse, dependent children, parents, and grandparents).