Sponsoring Family Members
Newcomers may be able to sponsor their spouse, partner, dependent children and other family members from outside the country into Canada. You must be a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident to be a sponsor and financially capable of supporting the relative for up to 10 years.
If a sponsored relative receives government benefits after arriving in Canada, it is up to the sponsor to repay the money in full.
A newcomer can apply to sponsor:
- Partners in a marriage-like relationship (same sex or opposite sex)
- Unmarried, dependent children under 22 years of age
To sponsor family members, a newcomer must first apply for Family Class sponsorship. There are two types of sponsorship applications: One is for immediate family members, such as spouses, partners and dependent children, and the other is for parents and grandparents.
The application kit for Family Class sponsorship can be downloaded from the Internet or mailed to you from a Citizenship and Immigration call centre.
The persons being sponsored must also apply to be permanent residents of Canada. A separate application is used for that process and can be downloaded online or obtained from a Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate outside Canada.
Fees are charged to process both the sponsorship and permanent resident applications. The fees can be paid online or at most banks.
Applicants for permanent residency in Canada may be required to undergo medical, criminal and background screening.
For More Information
Fact sheet with information about who can sponsor someone, what happens after the sponsored person arrives in Canada, what if the application is refused and how to get help. The information can be read or listened to in Arabic, Chinese, French, Somali, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu.
How to apply for and track your sponsorship application from inside and outside Canada.
Immigration information about who can sponsor immediate family members and relatives into Canada, with details on the requirements of the Family Class categories. Downloadable application kits and sets of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are included.
How to help Family Class sponsors prepare for the arrival of a family member and where to get information, help and referrals. Available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Russian Spanish, Tamil and Urdu.
A Citizenship and Immigration Canada online tool that will help you find information to on how to visit, study or live in Canada.