Who Can You Sponsor For Canadian Immigration

Emigrate Canada

Dec 9 2021 • 8 mins

Who Can You Sponsor For Canadian Immigration

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Now, it's well known that Canada welcomes well over 100,000 Family Class migrants each and every year. And most of these newcomers to Canada arrive via the spouse partner and children category of visas, while a significantly smaller number arrive under what's called the parents and grandparents programme, often referred to online as PGP.

Of course there's lots of other different podcasts in this series around spouse partner and children visas and of course the parents and grandparents programme being PGP as well. You'll also find a lot more information over at https://emigratecanada.com

So the rules surrounding sponsoring other family members are slightly less well known generally. And it's really important to know that the IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) do actually allow and encourage you to sponsor other family members in certain very key and specific situations.

And so first up who can sponsor generally to Canada?

Well, first of all, you have to be 18 or over. And you have to either be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or registered under Canada's Indian Act.

All of those people are eligible to sponsor their family to obtain Canadian permanent residency and ultimately then onward towards Canadian citizenship as well.

Now the biggest difference between sponsoring someone as a permanent resident and sponsoring someone as a full Canadian citizen, is that if you are a permanent resident sponsoring, you're eligible relative and you have to be based physically in Canada when you make the application. And of course when the application is granted as well.

Other options in terms of sponsoring relatives

It often surprises people to learn that one of the most common forms of relative or family class immigration to Canada is that of orphaned brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces or grandchildren being sponsored by an eligible Canadian citizen

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