Canadian immigration promotes the reunion of family members. Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their spouse/common-law partner, dependent children, parents or grandparents, brother/sister, or nephew/niece (under exceptional circumstances).
Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their spouse or common-law partners for permanent residence in Canada. The spouse/ partner must be 18, admissible to Canada, and provide proof of genuine relationship. In addition, a sponsor must meet income requirements and sign an undertaking the responsibility of sponsored spouse/ common-law- partner.
Parent & Grandparent Sponsorship
The family reunion is critical for certain immigrant families. The Canadian government provides its citizens and permanent residents a chance to sponsor their parents and grandparents for permanent residence in Canada. Every year, IRCC offers citizens and permanent resident holders an opportunity to register their interests to support parents and grandparents. After submitting an expression of interest, IRCC sends invitations to randomly selected applicants to submit applications for sponsoring parents and grandparents. The sponsor must meet necessary minimum income requirements and sign an undertaking responsibility for sponsored parents or grandparents.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor dependent children for permanent residence in Canada. The dependent child must be under 22 years of age (except if they are mentally or physically dependent on parents) and must not be married or in a common-law relationship. In addition, sponsors must meet minimum income requirements, sign an undertaking for bearing expenses, and be responsible for sponsored child/children.
A family reunion is an integral part of growing society. Canadian immigration has created this particular type of visitor visa designed for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. This visa category allows a maximum stay of 2 years entry with the possibility of extension of stay. Sponsoring child or grandchild has to provide a supporting letter (invitation to Canada letter) and promise financial support for the duration of the visit. In admission, proof of medical insurance purchased from a Canadian insurance provider is mandatory.