The reunification of families is a principle enshrined in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (L.C. 2001, ch.27). Canadian permanent residents and citizens can present a sponsorship application for certain members of their family, thus allowing them access to permanent residency and eventually Canadian citizenship, namely:

  • Spouses, common-law partners and conjugal partners;
  • A dependent child, a child adopted abroad, or a child in view of being adopted in Canada;
  • Orphaned brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren, according to certain conditions outlined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC);
  • Other members of your family, in a very specific context.

In order to sponsor an eligible member of their family, the sponsor and the person they wish to sponsor must fulfill certain requirements imposed by the governmental authorities, namely financial requirements in certain cases.

On January 4th,2016, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reopened their sponsorship program for parents and grandparents. IRCC has accepted to receive a maximum of 10 000 applications.

To learn more about the possibility and the procedure to follow in order to submit a sponsorship application for a family member, do not hesitate to contact us.