CANADA FAMILY IMMIGRATION
One of the primary purposes of Canada's Immigration
law is to facilitate the reunion of Canadian citizens and permanent
residents with family members abroad.
MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY CLASS
Under this program Canadian citizens or permanent
residents in Canada, can sponsor an individual abroad belonging
to the "family class". Under the "family class",
only close relatives can be sponsored, such as:
3. Dependent child,
4. Adopted dependent child,
6. Grandparents, and
7. Close family relatives who are orphaned, less than 22 years
of age, and unmarried.
To qualify as a "sponsor" , you must
1. A Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
2. 19 years of age or older;
3. Reside in Canada (unless sponsoring a spouse or child under
4. Sign an undertaking to provide for the relative's essential
needs, for usually 10 years.
5. Provide information to the Canadian government on your financial
resources for 12 months prior to the date the sponsorship application
6. Meet the Low Income Cut-Off figures (unless sponsoring a spouse
or child under 19); and
7. Signs an agreement with the sponsored relatives agreeing to
meet the terms of the undertaking.
PERSONS WHO ARE INELIGIBLE TO SPONSOR
A sponsor cannot be in default of a previous
undertaking or an undertaking he or she previously co-signed,
cannot be in jail or prison, be an undercharged bankrupt, or be
currently under a removal order. A sponsor is in default if the
previously sponsored relative has received any welfare or social
assistance, and while the undertaking is in force adequate arrangements
have not been made for repayment with either the municipal, provincial
or federal government.