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Family Class Immigration: How You Can Sponsor Your Family Members in Canada

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If you are a citizen or a permanent resident in Canada, you may be able to sponsor your family members to immigrate to Canada. The government of Canada actively focuses on reuniting individuals with their families and has also introduced a variety of ways in which they can sponsor their loved ones.

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Family members who are willing to become permanent residents in the country of Canada are welcome to join the residents who are sponsoring them. The applications that fall under this category do not have to meet the point system selection. The only requirement, in this case, is that as a sponsor or an applicant you should be able to prove your relation to one another. Any document that can serve as evidence, in this case, is a necessity for sponsorship applications.

Who You Can Sponsor?

Here are the family members you are able to sponsor as a citizen of permanent residents in Canada

  • Your Spouse, same-sex partners, common-law and conjugal partners who are above the age of 16.
  • Your parents and grandparents
  • Dependent children and kids under guardianship
  • Sponsors and Cosponsors
  • Any siblings, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, who are orphans and below the age of 18

Responsibilities of a Sponsor

To become a sponsor means that you accept the legal obligation to assist the applicant with the whole process and are also required to meet the minimum income requirements. As a sponsor, you are taking complete responsibility for the applicant and you are obliged to support the family members and their dependents as they arrive in the country. It is a necessity for the sponsor to be over the age of 19 and they must be residing in the country.

If you are a Canadian citizen but are not residing in the country at the moment then you must prove that you plan to move to Canada with a relative who you are willing to sponsor. As a sponsor, you are also obliged to support the family member and the time for your support varies from three to twenty years depending on the situation. Sponsors are also required to prove that their family members will not seek the financial support of the government, and if they do so in the future then authorities are allowed to take legal action against them.

As a sponsor, it is your responsibility to fulfill the basic necessities of your family members when they come to live with you in Canada. This obligation also applies to common-law and married partners who are Canadian citizens or are living in the country as permanent residents as co-sponsors. The duties of co-sponsors are also similar to that of sponsors, they are required to follow the same obligations and fulfill the same obligations. Co-sponsors must also sign the application forms for sponsorship.

Any exceptions to who can be a sponsor?

Not all Canadian citizens and permanent residents qualify to be a sponsor for their family members, unfortunately. Here we have mentioned, which individuals are not permitted to be a sponsor:

  • Those who are currently in prison;
  • Those who have defaulted on an immigration specific loan;
  • Those who have declared bankruptcy and are yet to be released from it;
  • Those who receive government financial assistance, other than disability;
  • Those who failed to provide financial support to a previously sponsored family member;
  • Those who defaulted on court-ordered financial support (alimony or child support);
  • Those who have committed a serious criminal offense.

It’s highly critical the parent or grandparent whom you are sponsoring must also meet certain requirements to be eligible for the family sponsorship program. One such requirement is making sure that he or she does not have any criminal record. If they do, it would be best to overcome their criminal record before you begin the application process for them.

Consult Ronen Kurzfeld – Family Immigration Lawyer now to get your sponsor application started today!

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