The Family Sponsorship program for Canadian citizens

The Family Sponsorship Program is for Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have relatives in other countries of the world and want to help them come to Canada permanently.

Thus, Family Sponsorship is a family reunion program that is very important to many Canadians. In this case, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident sponsors their relatives, which can be:
– A spouse, a civil partner
– A minor child or step-child of a parent
– Parents or grandparents
– Other relatives (brothers/sisters, nephews, grandchildren, etc.)

There are also several ways to sponsor different levels of relatives under the family sponsorship program:
– Sponsor your spouse, partner or dependent children
– Sponsor your parents or grandparents
– Sponsor your stepchildren and other eligible relatives

Sponsor your spouse, partner, or dependent children.
If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you can sponsor a relative who is your spouse, common-law partner or dependent child (under the age of 19) to immigrate to Canada.
To sponsor a family member, you must provide proof that you can:
– Provide the basic necessities of life (food, shelter, buying clothes, etc.) for yourself and your family.
– Provide financial support for your relative.
– You also need to certify that your spouse or relative does not need financial assistance from the Government of Canada. If the relative later asks for financial assistance from the government, you will be denied future sponsorship.

Sponsoring a relative is a big commitment, so you should take it seriously.
To become a sponsor, you must provide a written agreement stating that you are willing to support the relative financially if necessary. In addition, the relative must agree to try to support himself or herself.

– For a spouse or civil partner, the period of financial support is 3 years from the date of permanent residency.
– For a minor child, the period of financial support is 10 years from the date of permanent residency. Or until the child turns 25 years old – whichever comes first.
You cannot become a sponsor if you have answered “yes” to any of the following questions:
– Have violated the terms of sponsorship in the past.
– Failed to pay child support or provide financial support for a minor child despite a court order.
– Have received public financial assistance.
– Had a criminal record for a sex crime, a violent crime, or a crime against a relative with bodily injury.
– Have been a guarantor as a spouse or civil partner within the past 5 years.
– Have a past due or missed payment on an immigration loan.
– You are in prison.
– You have declared bankruptcy and still have not made restitution.

Spousal relationship definition.
The spousal relationship between the sponsor and the immigrant must have official and legal proof.
– If the marriage was consummated in Canada, a marriage certificate from the province or territory where it was consummated must be provided.
– If the marriage was contracted outside of Canada, it must be valid under the law of the country where it was contracted and not in violation of Canadian law.
– If the marriage was contracted in an embassy or consulate, the validity of the marriage must comply with the law of the country where the embassy or consulate is located, not the law of the country represented.
– Same-sex marriages are considered legal if they are legally recognized under the laws of the country where the marriage took place.

Definition of civil marriage
A common-law marriage means that the partners have lived together in a marital relationship for one year during the past 12 months (short-term absences for business trips and family reasons are allowed). To prove a common-law marriage, you must provide proof of:
– Joint bank accounts and credit cards.
– Joint ownership of a home/apartment.
– Renting a home together.
– Joint payment of utility bills (electricity, gas, telephone, etc.).
– Joint management of household (home) expenses.
– Shopping together, especially for household items.
– Sharing a mailing address (receiving letters to the same address).


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