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Family Sponsorship

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) helps families from other countries to reunite in Canada. Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who are 18 years of age or older can sponsor their spouses, common-law partners and conjugal partners, dependent children including adopted children or other eligible relatives to become permanent residents. Immigrants under this category fall under Family class.

When sponsored persons arrive in Canada as permanent residents, they must make every reasonable effort to provide for their own essential needs and their family members as well.

The persons who sponsor their spouses and other relatives are responsible for supporting them financially on their arrival in Canada as permanent residents and make sure that they don’t seek financial assistance from the government.

Following are the two different processes for sponsoring your family members:
· Sponsor your spouse, conjugal or common-law partner and/or dependent children.
· Sponsor other eligible relatives.

Family Class sponsorship application can be made for spouse, common-law or conjugal partner, or dependent children who live inside or outside Canada and if they meet all the requirements. If you are sponsoring persons in this category and they are living with you in Canada, their legal status in Canada is not necessary. Applicants for permanent residence must go through medical, criminal and background screening.

You and the sponsored relative have to sign a sponsorship agreement that commits you to provide required financial support to the sponsored relative. You have to provide financial support for a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner for three years from the date they become a permanent resident. The commitment period for providing financial support to a dependent child is 10 years, or until the child turns 25, whichever comes first and for the other sponsored relatives it is 10 years from the date they become permanent residents. You must also meet the income requirements depending on your family size.

The other relatives include:

· Parents
· Grandparents
· Brothers or sisters, nephews or nieces, granddaughters or grandsons who are orphaned, under 18 years of age and not married or in a common-law relationship
· another relative of any age or relationship but only under specific conditions (see Note Below)
· Accompanying relatives of the above (for example, spouse, partner and dependent children)

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