Canadians and permanent residents can help some of their family members immigrate to Canada. This process is referred to as Family sponsorship.
Each type of family member has its own program and conditions.
Which family members can be sponsored to Canada:
A spouse or common law partner
Parents and grandparents
The dependent children of a spouse or common law partner
Adopted dependent children
A family member who is not listed above, only on very specific circumstances, when the Canadian or permanent resident does not have any other family member abroad or in Canada.
Sponsoring a family member to immigrate to Canada always has a level of responsibility. The Canadian or permanent resident who is the sponsor will have to sign a document called an undertaking which is like a promise to take care of this family member for a certain amount of years after they receive permanent residency. If the sponsor has a co-signer, for example their spouse, who is also helping sponsor the family member, the responsibility is also shared by the co-signer, even if their relationship disintegrates.
It is important to understand all the implications of family sponsorship before submitting an application and we recommend you book an appointment to have all the right information about the process and what it will mean for yourself and your family.
There are several more important things to consider before submitting an application to sponsor a spouse or partner and their children. We highly recommend that you take an appointment with our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant to discuss all the details of your case, because every family is unique.