If you have a close relative living in Canada who is a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada, they could sponsor you to immigrate to Canada through Family Class Immigration. Although this offers a great opportunity for family members to live in Canada together, there are specific requirements that must be met in order to qualify, as well as once the sponsored family member has immigrated.
Since the immigration process can be rather complicated for families, immigration attorneys offer an essential service to help get applications approved. For over 15 years, Niren & Associates has orchestrated countless successful sponsorship cases for Canadian families.
“We wanted to thank you for all the work that you have done for us during the application process of our sponsorship/family class permanent resident visa. With your help, support and willingness to answer all our questions promptly, our nerves were calmed and we were reassured that we were in good hands. And now we are happy to report that our visa was approved quickly and relatively painlessly!” – Tanya M.
To qualify as a Sponsor, your relative must be:
- Your spouse or;
- Your mother or father or; *
- Your grandmother or grandfather or; *
- Your dependent child or;
- Your brother, sister, nephew, niece who is orphaned under the age of 19 years and who is unmarried or;
- Any relative who has no relatives listed above whom they can sponsor.
* NOTE: As of November 5, 2011 there is a hold on all Parental and Grandparent Sponsorship Applications for a two year period. CIC has initiated SuperVisas which allow for quick 10 year multiple entry Visas for up to 24 months. Call us for more information about SUPERVISAS.
Requirements of the Sponsor
The Sponsor must be able to financially support the immigrant (and dependents) and to provide for their essential needs. There also are strict income requirements that the Sponsor must meet to qualify. However, if the Sponsor is sponsoring a spouse or a dependent child under the age of 19 who is unmarried, then these strict income requirements do not apply. However the sponsor must still demonstrate his or her ability to financially support the immigrant.
The Sponsor must also sign a Sponsorship Agreement between the Sponsor and the Immigrant as well as enter into an agreement with the Government of Canada. The Sponsor in entering into the agreement with the Government of Canada agrees to provide for the essential needs of the immigrant and dependents for a prescribed period of time. Failure to meet any of the terms and conditions provided for in this agreement could result in legal action being taken against the Sponsor.
Who can be a Sponsor?
A Sponsor can only be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is at least 19 years old who is physically residing in Canada (or able to demonstrate an intention to reside in Canada by the time the sponsored family member lands in Canada) and who is not in prison; not bankrupt; and not under a removal (deportation) order if a permanent resident.
A Sponsor can also have a Co-Signer whose income can be included along with that of the Sponsor. The Co-signer can only be the Sponsor’s Spouse and must also be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident who is at least 19 years old and who is not in prison; not bankrupt and not a person under a removal (deportation) order if a permanent resident.
Families are Brought Together With Help From Our Chicago Immigration Law Firm
Niren & Associates has over 14 years experience helping family members sponsor loved ones to immigrate to Canada. Our immigration team assists with each step of the process, from completing and submitting applications to ensuring that all the requirements are properly fulfilled.
“I am very very thankful for how you handled my sponsorship appeal so well that it succeeded. It was impossible without your strong effort and understanding. The submission was so great and considerable. With your help, my wife and I will be living together soon.” – Bill J.