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As part of a strong commitment to family reunification, the Government of Canada offers an excellent opportunity to its citizens and permanent residents to bring their close relatives to Canada. Applications submitted under the family class benefit from expedited processing.

 

Canadian citizens and permanent residents over the age of 18 can sponsor their:

  • Spouse

  • Conjugal or common-law partner

  • Dependent child (including an adopted child)

  • Other eligible relatives

 

Sponsoring spouse, partner and child:

 

To be sponsor, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident must agree in writing to give financial support to their relative, if they need it:

  • For a spouse or partner, this lasts for three years from the date they become a permanent resident;

  • For a dependent child, this lasts for 10 years, or until the child turns 25, whichever comes first.

 

Effective 1 August 2014, the Citizenship and Immigration of Canada has changed the definition of a dependent child for its immigration programmes.

Under the new regulations, a son or daughter is dependent when:

  • The child is under the age of 19 and does not have a spouse or common-law partner, or

  • The child is 19 years of age or older and has been largely depended on the financial support of a parent since before the age of 19 because of a physical or mental condition.

 

If a Canadian citizen or permanent resident lives in Quebec, they must also meet Quebec’s requirements for sponsorship.

 

To learn more about this programme and assess your eligibility please contact us today.

 

Sponsoring parents and grandparents:

 

Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor their parents and grandparents to become permanent residents of Canada. To qualify, the sponsor and his/her co-signer need to meet the minimum income threshold set by the Government of Canada and sign a sponsorship agreement that commits them to provide financial support for their relative if necessary.    

 

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has now received 5000 complete applications and the new intake for the ‘Parents and Grandparents’ programme will pause again until next year.

 

However, for those who wish to bring their families to Canada, the Super Visa still remains a quick and easy way to reunite parents and grandparents with their loved ones.

 

To learn more about this programme and assess your eligibility please contact us 

 

Super Visa:

 

Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for the parent and grandparent super visa.

 

This visa is valid for up to 10 years and will let them visit their family in Canada for up to two years without renewing their status.

To qualify under this programme, parents and grandparents must:

  • Prove that their child or grandchild in Canada meets a minimum income threshold;

  • Provide a written statement from that child or grandchild that he or she will give them financial support;

  • Have valid Canadian medical insurance coverage for at least one year;

  • Have an immigration medical exam.

 

Visa-exempt visitors:

 

You may not need a temporary resident visa to visit Canada, depending on your citizenship. But, even if you are visa exempt, you may still benefit from the parent and grandparent super visa programme.

 

 

To learn more about this programme and assess your eligibility please contact us today.

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Between 1989 and 2013, more than 35% of landed immigrants in Canada were admitted under the Family Sponsorship programme.

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