Family Sponsorship

Nothing is more important than our families.
The Canadian government recognises the primacy of families by permitting citizens and permanent residents to sponsor overseas partners and relations to join them to live in Canada.
We have described a few family-oriented visas below, along with important requirements (and see our Spousal & Partnership Visa page as well). Choosing the best visa for your circumstances is usually not as simple as looking for the most appropriate-sounding title.
Many of our clients ask us about family visas, but find better options -- and shorter wait times -- with alternative routes to permanent residency in Canada.
Use our visa assessment tool (below), and choose "Canadian Family Sponsorship visa" for some quick feedback and discover if this visa might be right for you.

Canadian Visa Nominees

The Canadian Visa Nominee category is for relatives of Canadian citizens who are under the age of 18 and unmarried. To get your case approved (or that of the minor you are assisting) you have to provide documentary evidence that you are related to the Canadian sponsor.
If you are a relative over the age of 18 you will not normally be eligible for sponsorship under this scheme but you may gain extra points under other visas for having a Canadian relative. If your sponsor does not have any relatives who would be eligible (ie under 18) then an older relative may be considered.
The Canadian government will require evidence, in the form of a medical, that you are in good health. You will also be required to supply a police report showing that you have no criminal record.

Canadian Visa - Family Sponsors

For certain visa types sponsorship is an important part of the immigration case, but what exactly is a sponsor? A sponsor must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident over the age of eighteen. They must be able to prove they are financially able to support the applicants when they arrive in Canada.
This usually means having a steady job, income to spare, and savings in their bank account. The main point of this test is that the Canadian government is not soon asked to pay benefits to new family members shortly after arriving, having said they can pay their own way. If you run into trouble, you'll need to turn to your family for support first.

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