Who is eligible for family class sponsorship in Canada?

Family class sponsorship are a Canadian immigration program under which Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor qualifying family members for permanent residency in Canada. By enabling the immigration of close relatives, the program strives to reunite families and foster family togetherness.

To sponsor, a family member must meet certain eligibility conditions, such as being at least 18 years old, being a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and proving the ability to support the sponsored individual financially. The sponsor must also sign an agreement promising to offer financial support to the sponsored family member for a set time.

The Canada Family sponsorship visa procedure begins with submitting an application to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) with the requisite supporting documentation. The sponsored family member must also apply for permanent residency on their own.

It is crucial to remember that based on the individual relationship and circumstances, there may be extra requirements, qualifying criteria, and application processes. For the most up-to-date and accurate information about Canada family class immigration sponsorships, we should examine our website or seek professional assistance.

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Who is eligible to become a sponsor?

Only people over 18 who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents may sponsor family members seeking to immigrate to Canada. If the sponsor is already living in another country, they must show they will migrate to Canada after the sponsored individual is given permanent status. The sponsor must sign a contract to know their responsibilities and duties. The person sponsoring a family member must also sign a contract promising to support the family member for a set amount of time.

Who Can You Sponsor?

If you meet the requirements, you can sponsor your spouse, partner, or dependent children to become permanent residents of Canada.

Sponsor requirements:

  • Applicants must be of a minimum age of 18 years.
  • To qualify as a sponsor, you must hold Canadian citizenship, permanent residency, or be recognized as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act.
  • You must financially assist them.
  • Should ensure that they will not want government social assistance.
  • They must supply their requirements upon arrival.

Who is ineligible to sponsor a family member?

In some instances, a permanent resident or citizen is ineligible to sponsor. If any of the following scenarios apply, a sponsor may be ineligible:

  • Are currently imprisoned
  • Having failed to make alimony or child support payments
  • Bankruptcy filings that are still pending
  • Obtained social security benefits for reasons other than infirmity
  • Failed to repay an immigration loan, made late or missing payments
  • If you had previously sponsored another family member and still needed to fulfill the requirements outlined in the sponsorship agreement.
  • Depending on the facts of the case, you may have been sentenced for a violent crime, an offense against a relative, or a sexual offense.

Is a job required to sponsor a family member?

Applicants must meet our requirements to sponsor a family class visa other than a spouse or partner. While a job is not required, sponsors must show they have earned enough money in the last three years to sustain their sponsored family members.

What is the timeframe for processing a sponsorship application?

On average, the processing time for sponsorship applications is approximately one year, although it can vary depending on the specific circumstances of your case. Sometimes, the processing period may extend beyond 12 months, especially if you have a complex issue or require additional documentation to establish your relationship. Submitting a complete and accurate application from the beginning is crucial to expedite the processing of your sponsorship application. Khanna’s team of legal professionals have extensive experience assisting numerous married sponsorship candidates, ensuring a smoother and faster process.

What other possibilities do I have for bringing a family member to Canada?

If sponsorship is not an option, your relative may be able to enter Canada through another immigration program. Look on our website page and learn about your immigration choices for your family members, even if you can contact us for more details.

What is the limit on the number of family members I can sponsor in Canada?

There is no limit on the number of qualifying family members a Canadian permanent resident or citizen can sponsor. However, each eligible family member being supported must have a separate application submitted on their behalf.

How can I find out where my sponsorship application stands?

Suppose you have applied for married, common-law, or dependent child sponsorship. In that case, you can track your application’s progress using the Permanent Residence Application Tracker provided by the Canadian government. If you are sponsoring another family member, how you check your application status will depend on whether you submitted your application online or by mail. Learn more about verifying your sponsorship application’s status using IRCC’s online tool.

Evaluation of Family Sponsorship

We can assist you whether you wish to sponsor your spouse or children or want to be sponsored! Please fill out our free sponsorship evaluation form. Make an appointment and a member of the Khanna Immigration Team will reach out to you to go over your choices!