Family Sponsorship

Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada over the age of 18 can sponsor certain family members. There are 3 different types of family sponsorship; Canada Spousal Sponsorship, child, and parents-and-grandparents.

*Keep in mind that, every application is done on a case by case basis. Because of this, the required documents for your case may differ from those of other cases.

See the video below, or read more to find out information on these programs. In addition, you can also contact us through the link below if you’d like to ask us a question.



Canada Spousal Sponsorship

You can apply for sponsoring your spouse if you are married, in a common law relationship or have a conjugal partner. There are two ways to do this:

  • In Canada: A benefit of sponsoring a spouse from within Canada is that we can usually process a work visa for them while they are being sponsored.
  • Out of Canada: Processing times are dependent on the visa office outside of Canada. The sponsor can not be on welfare or recently have been on welfare. If you have been sponsored, or sponsored someone in the past there is a 5 year waiting period.

This application can be complicated for those new to the process. This is because each applicant must fill around of 9 forms (case specific), totaling around 54 pages. Some of the forms included are,

  • application to sponsor
  • financial evaluation (some cases)
  • class of application
  • generic application form for Canada
  •  country specific requirements
  • additional family information
  • schedule A – background

These among other forms must be filled out. However, some forms are country and case specific. This process may be subject to change depending on factors such as country of origin, number of dependents and immigration status etc. Although each application is different, the Canadian Spouse Visa processing time for both inland and out-land is on average of 12 months.

For more information and help with your application, you can contact us through the link at the bottom of the page.


Sponsoring a Child

Sponsoring a your child in Canada is one of the easier processes when it comes to sponsorships. Although the process is similar, the requirements are fewer.

What is the criteria for sponsoring your child? You can sponsor your children and your partner’s children ( Natural or adopted), as long as they are 22 years of age or younger.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us through the link at the bottom of the page.


Parents and Grandparents

This visa has a cap of 10,000 annual as of 2016. Please call us as early as September to ensure paperwork is ready for the following year.

Spousal sponsorship can be stressful for married couples. Based on our experience, newlyweds who are continents apart have the most difficult time with processing times.Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to submit a completed application free of error. If an application is incomplete or not filled out correctly, your application will be returned resulting in a further 3 month delay.

There are some common pitfalls in these applications. For example, it is very important to provide original documentation when requested. Other then photos, the sponsor’s original employment letter and the principal applicant’s original police certificates must be submitted.

In addition, there are times that the principal applicant has dependents who are between the ages of 18-21. These dependents need to provide police certificates and proper medical examination documentation, whether they are accompanying the principal applicant or not. Keep in mind that although this is a requirement when submitting an application, it is not mentioned in government checklists or guides.

If you would like us to review your application before you submit it or to do your application from start to finish, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Requirements for family sponsorship can vary on a case to case basis.

Tell us more about your case. Contact us today for more information or to request a quote.


Latest News

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Lottery For Sponsoring Parents and Grandparents

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Effective October 13th, the Government of Canada will implement a lottery system for sponsoring parents and grandparents. There will be a three week window for those interested in this program to submit their applications of interest. Following this applicants will be drawn from the lottery to be able to apply for a sponsorship. Those chosen will have 60 days to apply. In addition these spots have been reduced from 20,000 last year to only 10,000 this year, with the remainder added to next years intake of 30,000.
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Canada to Loosen Border Restrictions

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Canadian Government will be changing its restrictions on international student entry into the country. Plans to reopen the borders to international students.
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Faster Spousal Sponsorship

There's good news for those apply for spousal sponsorship this year. The IRCC announced on September 24th, that they will be increasing the amount of decisions made to 49,000 by the end of the year. This means 6000 applications processed per month by December.