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A Canadian citizen/permanent resident can sponsor his/her spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner, or dependant children to immigrate to Canada as a permanent resident.
Both the sponsor and the sponsored person must meet certain requirements to qualify. All applicants must go through medical, criminal and background screening.
Sponsors must be 18 years of age or older. You can apply to sponsor if your spouse, common-law or conjugal partner or dependant child lives within or outside Canada. Sponsoring a member of the family class requires that you promise to support them financially and in light of this, certain income requirements must be met.
In the case of a dependant child, a son or daughter is considered ‘dependant’ if they are under the age of 22 and single or over 22 and in school fulltime and/or financially dependant on a parent due to a physical or mental condition.
The documentation requirements for sponsoring a spouse, same-sex spouse, common-law, conjugal partner or dependant child all differ and it is important to make sure that all documentation submitted is per the requirements of your specific case.
Note: Effective November 5, 2011, no new applications to sponsor parents or grandparents will be accepted for processing for up to 24 months. This temporary pause will allow us to focus on those applicants already awaiting a decision and reduce the backlog in the parents and grandparents category. This does not affect sponsorship applications for spouses, partners, dependent or adopted children and other eligible relatives. New applications received on or after November 5, 2011, will be returned to the applicant, including fees.
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