FAMILY CLASS SPONSORSHIP OVERVIEW
Family reunification is one of Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada’s highest priorities. Foreign nationals who have a close relative who is a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada may be selected as members of the Family class to join their family member in Canada. Applicants under this category do not have to meet the point system or other selection criteria used in the other application categories. Instead, they are sponsored by a relative who will aid in the Applicant’s ability to establish themselves in Canada.
SPOUSAL, PARTNER OR DEPENDENT CHILDREN SPONSORSHIP
Canadian citizens (including, in certain circumstances, those residing abroad with the intention to return to Canada to reside) and permanent residents (restricted to those residing in Canada, only), age eighteen (18) and over, may sponsor their spouse, common-law or conjugal partner, or their dependent child as long as the child meets the definition of dependent child.
ADOPTED CHILDREN AND OTHER RELATIVES
Some relatives may be eligible to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents. If you have relatives who want to immigrate to Canada under the Family Class, you must sponsor them. You and your relatives must meet certain requirements. You must be 18 years of age or older and your relatives must have medical, criminal and background checks. They may not be allowed to enter Canada if they have a criminal record or are a risk to Canada’s security. They may have to get a police certificate from the police in their home country.