Many Canadian citizens and permanent residents have loved ones abroad that they wish they could bring to Canada. The Canadian government offers a number of ways to allow this dream to become a reality under its Family Class Sponsorship class.
Canada's Family Class Sponsorship programs are some of the most generous family reunification programs in the developed world. After all, the Canadian government is committed to keeping families together whenever possible.
There are a number of relationships that qualify for Family Class Sponsorship, including spouses and common-law partners, parents and grandparents, dependent children, and potentially other relationships under certain Provincial Family Class Sponsorship programs. For parents and grandparents, there is also the Super Visa program.
To get started on exploring your Family Class Sponsorship options, we invite you to start a free Canadian Immigration assessment.
Which Family Class Sponsorship program is right for you?
I have a parent or grandparent that I would like to bring to Canada.
There are a number of ways to bring a parent or grandparent to Canada, including Canada's parents and grandparents sponsorship program, which has a yearly cap on the number of applications that are accepted. Once this cap is reached, there is still the Super Visa Program which allows parents and grandparents to come to Canada on extended multi-entry visas that could last up to a total of 10 years. You may also wish to explore the various Provincial Family Class Sponsorship programs that are available. No matter which program you choose, it is important that you ensure that the parent or grandparent meets the eligibility requirements and that the sponsor themselves meet Canada's sponsorship requirements. To learn more about these requirements and how they can be met, start your free assessment today.
I would like to bring my spouse or common law partner to Canada
The process of bringing a spouse to Canada can present a number of options to the applicant that should be carefully weighed. For example, there exist two types of federal spousal sponsorship: inland and outland. Each of those two options carries its own benefits and disadvantages. It is also important to ensure that the spouse or common law partner meets the eligibility requirements and that the sponsor themselves meet Canada's sponsorship requirements. There also may be a number of Provincial Family Class Sponsorship programs available to you. To find out if you are eligible for spousal sponsorship, start your free assessment today.
I have a dependent child that I would like to bring to Canada.
If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and have a dependent child abroad that you would like to bring to Canada, you likely may do so under Canada's dependent child sponsorship program. As with all sponsorship programs, it is important that the dependent child meets the eligibility requirements and that the sponsor themselves meet Canada's sponsorship requirements. To find out if you are eligible for one of the Family Class programs, we encourage you to start a free assessment today.
I have another relative or friend that I would like to bring to Canada.
Occasionally, a province in Canada will offer a Provincial Family Class Sponsorship program for relatives that might not necessarily meet the requirements of the federal programs. As the Provincial Family Class Sponsorship programs that are available are subject to change, we encourage you to start your free assessment, and we will match your individual qualifications and goals against the programs that are currently available.
Available Sponsorship Programs
Spouse or Common Law Partner Sponsorship
These programs allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor a spouse or common-law partner to come to Canada.
Parent and Grandparent Family Class Sponsorship
This type of sponsorship allows a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to bring his or her parent or grandparent to Canada.
Parent and Grandparent Super Visa
Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents can apply for a multiple entry visa valid for up to 10 years.
Dependent Child Sponsorship
This program allows Canadian citizens or permanent residents to bring their dependent natural or dependent adopted children to Canada.
Provincial Family Class Sponsorship
These programs offer additional options, including the sponsorship of relatives that might not meet the eligibility requirements of the federal programs.