The Family Class Sponsorship provides Canadian citizens with an opportunity to sponsor their family members to live with them in Canada and become Canadian permanent residents. Family reunification is one of the three pillars of Canadian immigration program, which permits both the recent immigrants and long-established Canadians to be reunited with members of their family.
Who can become a sponsor?
A sponsor is:
· at least 18 years old
· a Canadian citizen, or a permanent resident, who is living or intends to live in Canada
· not receiving social assistance for reasons other than a disability, and
· able to provide the basic needs of the person sponsored
Who can you sponsor?
The Family Class broadly consists of the following three categories of sponsorships:
1. Spousal, Common-Law or Conjugal Partner Sponsorship
2. Parents, Grandparents and Relative Sponsorship
3. Children and other dependents
An applicant must not be ‘inadmissible’ under the Immigration and Refugees Protection Act (IRPA) and must go through:
- Medical exams
- Criminal checks
- Background checks
A spousal sponsorship allows a Canadian national to sponsor his or her spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner to live in Canada.
Eligible sponsors can sponsor their parents, grandparents or any relative within the family class sponsorship, if they meet certain requirements.
1. Age: The sponsor must be 18 years of age or older
2. Status and residence: The sponsor must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and must be living in Canada
3. Family class member: The sponsor must be sponsoring a member of the family class
4. Income requirements: The sponsors must meet the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) in last three years.
5. Undertaking: The sponsor is required to commit to support the sponsored person and their dependants financially and provide for the basic requirements
6. Sponsorship agreement: The sponsor must sign a mutual agreement with the sponsored person to confirm that both of you understands your mutual obligations and responsibilities.
Latest Update on PGP Sponsorship: on January 11, 2019, IRCC announced that the Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program interest to sponsor form will be available to potential sponsors starting at noon EST on January 28, 2019.
The launch of the 2019 PGP Program includes a new and improved intake process. Potential sponsors should submit an interest to sponsor form as soon as possible once it’s available online. The onus is on potential sponsors to ensure they are eligible before submitting an interest to sponsor form.
Here’s how the new process will work:
Step 1: Potential sponsors indicate their interest: Under the new process, as in previous years, the interest to sponsor form will be available online and eligible potential sponsors can let IRCC know they wish to sponsor their parents and grandparents. The enhanced version of the interest to sponsor form will require potential sponsors to upload a copy of a status in Canada document.
Step 2: Invitations to sponsor are sent. Once the interest to sponsor period has ended and the form has been removed from the website, IRCC will review the submissions and remove duplicates and then invite interested potential sponsors to submit a complete application to sponsor their parents and grandparents, in the order it was received.
Step 3: Applications are submitted. Those who are invited to apply will be given 60 calendar days for IRCC to receive their complete application. Those who submit an interest to sponsor form and receive a confirmation number, but do not receive an invitation to apply in 2019, will have their form retained by IRCC for consideration in 2020.
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