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.
A sponsor is:
The Family Class broadly consists of the following three categories of sponsorships:
An applicant must not be ‘inadmissible’ under the Immigration and Refugees Protection Act (IRPA) and must go through:
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.
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.
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.
Eligible sponsors can sponsor their dependent child/children, both natural and adopted, as the principal applicant(s) within the family class sponsorship.
The dependent child must meet the following eligibility requirements:
A sponsorship application may take long even if the government considers the processing of such applications a priority. In addition, a single error or misrepresentation of information may lead to a refusal. It’s important to seek legal help for sponsorship application, in order to: