Family Class Sponsorship
To keep families united, the Canadian government allows three main methods of family reunification
Spousal or Common Law Partner Sponsorship (Note: Canada recognizes same-sex marriages and same-sex partners)
Outland sponsorship – this route is pursued if the sponsored partner is living outside of Canada. During the application process, the Outland applicant can enter or leave Canada.
Inland sponsorship – this route is pursued if the Inland applicant has temporary status in Canada as a worker, student or visitor. The inland applicant may be eligible for an Open work permit during the sponsorship application.
Conditions and Limitations
Sponsor is financially responsible for the sponsored person for 3 years AFTER the sponsored person becomes a permanent resident
Sponsored person cannot in-turn sponsor a spouse or common-law for 5 years after receiving permanent residency.
Dependent Child sponsorship
Sometimes there can be circumstances where dependent children may not be able to accompany the temporary foreign worker or permanent resident when they come to Canada.
To be eligible, the sponsor and the sponsored person must prove their relationship.
This path can be used for both natural and adopted children.
Parent and Grandparent SuperVisa
This sponsorship pathway allows parents or grandparents of Canadian citizens or PRs to come to Canada for a consecutive period of 2 years
The visa itself can remain valid for up to 10 years, thus allowing for re-entry
Parents or Grandparent cannot be deemed inadmissible based on their health condition (but as noted below, they must obtain 1 year of health insurance)
Note: No dependents can be included under this application, i.e. parents or grandparents must come together as a pair.
Letter of Invitation from child or grandchild
Proof that child or grandchild meets LICO (Low Income Cutt-Off) minimum.
Medical insurance for 1 year with a Canadaian company
Proof of relationship (like birth certificate)
Parents or grandparents must show sufficient ties to their home country
Must have Canadian permanent resident status and must be living in Canada for at least 3 years / 1095 days put of the past 5 years.
Must be able to communicate in either English or French.
Must not have any criminal history
Must submit a formal application to IRCC
Once approved, applicants between the ages of 18 and 54 will take the Citizenship test