Family Class Sponsorship
SPONSORING A PARENT OR GRANDPARENT
You can sponsor your parent or grandparent if you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada and if you are 18 years of age or older.
You may not be eligible to sponsor your parent or grandparent if you:
Other factors not mentioned in this list might also make you ineligible to sponsor a relative.
When you sponsor a parent or grandparent to become a permanent resident of Canada, you must promise to support that person and their dependants financially. Therefore, you have to meet certain income requirements. If you have previously sponsored relatives who later turned to the Canadian government for financial assistance, you may not be allowed to sponsor another person. Sponsorship is a big commitment, so you must take this obligation seriously.
To be a sponsor:
SPONSOR YOUR SPOUSE, PARTNER OR CHILDREN
Who you can Sponsor
You can sponsor a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner, or child who lives outside Canada under the Family Class.
You can sponsor a spouse or common-law partner who lives in Canada under the Spouse and Common-Law Partner in Canada Class.
Depending on where the person you want to sponsor lives, you will need to use a different application package. See the How to apply page for more information.
All individuals being sponsored must meet the eligibility requirements.
Your family member must have medical, criminal and background checks. If they have a criminal record or are a risk to Canada’s security, they may not be allowed to enter Canada.
They may have to get a police certificate in their home country. The instruction guides explain medical, criminal and background checks.
Who is not eligible to sponsor
You may not be eligible to be a sponsor if you:
Other things not on this list may stop you from being able to sponsor a relative.
Five-year sponsorship bar for people who were sponsored to come to Canada as a spouse or partner
If a spouse or partner sponsored you, you cannot sponsor a new spouse or partner within five years of becoming a permanent resident.
This rule applies even if you got your Canadian citizenship within those five years. Other members of the Family Class will not be affected by the rule change.
SPONSOR YOUR ELIGIBLE RELATIVES
Who you can sponsor
Depending on your circumstances, there are two options for who you can sponsor.
Option 1 – Orphaned close relatives
You can sponsor close relatives, related by blood or adoption, such as brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, or grandchildren only if they meet all of the following conditions:
Option 2 – Other relative
You may sponsor one relative, related by blood or adoption, of any age if you meet all of the following conditions:
If the relative you want to sponsor has a spouse, partner, or dependent children who will come with them to Canada you must include them on the same sponsorship application
If your relative does not qualify for sponsorship they may still be able to come to Canada as a skilled immigrant through Express Entry. Express Entry manages applications for certain economic immigration programs and selects applicants for their skills, experience and ability to contribute to Canada’s economy. Express Entry candidates may be awarded points for having a family member living in Canada.