Family Sponsorship is one of the most popular, best and fastest ways to immigrate to Canada and get Permanent Residency there. In this article we will see how to immigrate to Canada through Family Sponsorship. Family Sponsorship is now expecting that it will boom again this year as international travel restrictions are becoming easy.
India is one of the biggest sources from where people apply for Canada PR, whereas China is the second biggest source from where people apply for Canada PR.
Before Covid-19, more than around 20.6% of 85,590 people immigrated to Canada from India as Permanent Residents under this Family Sponsorship program, on the other hand 34.9% people immigrated to Canada from China.
Only from these two countries, in the year 2019, around 28, 125 people immigrated to Canada through this Family Sponsorship program.
Under the Family Sponsorship program, a Canadian PR or citizen, aged 18 or above can sponsor his/her family members to become Canadian PR. With this, all of those family members are able to work, study and live in Canada.
Financial Responsibility for Relatives
The sponsor person needs to assume all the financial expenses for his/her relative once he or she lands in Canada.
To become a sponsor, one must be Canadian PR or Citizen:
- Should give financial support for common-law or conjugal partner or spouse for 3 years from the period they become a Canadian PR.
- Need to sign a sponsorship agreement too with the relative to whom he or she is going to sponsor in which the sponsor person will provide the complete details about giving financial support to the relative, if required. According to this agreement, the person who is becoming a permanent resident will do every possible effort to support his/her relatives.
- Need to give financial support for a child below 10 years until the child turns 25.
Interested people applying under this Family Sponsorship program category need to check their eligibility using Free Online Evaluation. This evaluation is an important step to do, so if individuals want to do, they can do it themselves or can also hire an immigration agent.
Now let’s have a look who are those relatives that can be sponsored:
- Conjugal Partner
- Dependent Children
- Common-law Partner
- Grandsons, Granddaughters, Nephews or Nieces, sisters or brothers, who are orphaned and under 18 years.
Common-law partners or Spouses who come to Canada under such programs i.e Sponsorship Programs are openly allowed to work under a program named Spousal Work Permit Pilot Program.
SPOUSES CAN WORK UNDER FAMILY SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
This program is well designed in such a manner that it allows partners or spouses to work and lead a life in Canada if their immigration applications have been finalized.
Eligible candidates must have a valid temporary status as a worker, student or a visitor and that candidate also must be in Canada.
Under these sponsorship programs, sponsors also do a contract with immigration authorities of Canada in order to repay the Canadian government for any of the social assistance payments that a sponsored person does. In the case of a conjugal partner, common-law, or spouse, they need to sign an undertaking in order to reimburse the provincial or federal governments from the date of becoming Canadian PR for the time period of 3 years.
If the child is under the age of 19 years, of the conjugal partner, common-law partner or the spouse or sponsor, the obligation will start on the day when that child becomes a Canadian PR for a time period of around 10 years or until the child turns 25 years.
In the other case of the child being over the age of 19 years, the obligation will start on the day when that dependent child becomes a Canadian PR, for a time period of around 3 years.
In the case of grandparents and parents, the sponsorship program obligation extends for a time period of around 20 years from the day or date in which the member of that family class becomes a Canadian PR. For all other complete family members, the obligation will start for the period of 10 years.