Our fifth edition of Canada Immigration FAQs covers Family sponsorship to immigrate to Canada. Family sponsorship is possible through various Provincial Nominee Programs


1.Who qualifies for immigration under the Family Sponsorship category? 

Canada allows only close relatives of a Canadian permanent resident or a Canadian citizen under the Family Sponsorship category. Such close relatives may include spouse, or parent or grandparent; or dependent child; or orphaned, unmarried, and under 18 years of age brother, sister, nephew, niece, or grandchild; or intended adopted child under 18 years of age. 


2.Who qualifies as a “Dependent child”?

A dependent child under the Family Sponsorship category is one who is:

  • Under 19 years of age and unmarried 
  • Full-time students of any age or marital status who is financially dependent on his or her parents since before the age of 19 (or since becoming a spouse or common-law partner, if this happened before 19); 
  • Is financially dependent on a parent since before the age of 19 because of a disability.


3.What financial criteria must be satisfied to qualify as a sponsor?

Demonstration of financial ability to adequately support the dependent immigrant. However, the financial ability requirement is waived if:

The person requiring sponsorship is the spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner of the Canadian sponsor; or

The person requiring sponsorship is the dependent child of the Canadian sponsor.


4.What other criteria must the sponsor satisfy?

Not only the sponsor must satisfy the financial ability but also Be a permanent resident or citizen of Canada aged above 18 years, Cannot be an undischarged bankrupt, Not be behind in payments on any immigration loans among many others. 

For further queries on the Family Sponsorship program, contact your Canada Immigration Consultant today!

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