You can sponsor certain relatives to come to Canada if you’re at least 18 years old and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
Sponsor Your Spouse, Partner or Dependent Children
You can sponsor your spouse, partner or dependent child if:
- you’re at least 18 years old
- you live in Canada
- you’re a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
Sponsor Other Family Members or Relatives
You can also sponsor other family members or relatives:
- Sponsor a dependent child; varies by country
- Sponsor your parents and grandparents
- Sponsor your relatives
- Sponsor your adopted child
- Sponsor an orphaned sibling
You may not be eligible to sponsor your spouse, partner or dependent child if you:
- are in jail, prison, or penitentiary
- didn’t pay back:
- an immigration loan
- a performance bond
- court-ordered family support payments such as alimony or child support
- didn’t give the financial support you agreed to when you signed a sponsorship agreement to sponsor someone else in the past
- declared bankruptcy and are not discharged
- receive social assistance for a reason other than a disability
- were convicted of a violent criminal offence, any offence against a relative or any sexual offence inside or outside Canada
- can’t legally stay in Canada and must leave the country because you received a Removal Order
- Sponsor a spouse or partner: average processing time is 12 months.
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