Immigration to Canada through Canadian Family Class Sponsorship
Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor close family members for Canadian immigration.
Canada has one of the most generous family reunification programs in the developed world. The government is committed to keeping families together whenever possible, and prioritizes the processing of sponsorship applications.
Spousal Sponsorship – Help your spouse, common-law, or conjugal partner become a Canadian Permanent Resident. You may sponsor your partner regardless of whether they are currently living inside or outside of Canada.
Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship – This popular immigration stream is set to reopen on January 2nd, 2014. It allows Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents to sponsor their parents and grandparents for Permanent Residency.
Parent and Grandparent Super Visa – Another option for bringing parents and grandparents to Canada is the Super Visa program. Successful applicants receive a 10-year, multiple-entry visitor visa that allows parents and grandparents to spend an extended period of time with their loved ones in Canada.
Provincial Family Class Sponsorship – Many Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs) have Family Class sponsorship categories, which are separate from federal sponsorship. Residences of provinces that facilitate family sponsorship may wish to consider these additional options for bringing family to Canada.
Dependent Child and Other Sponsorship – Dependent children may be eligible to come to Canada in order to reside with their parent(s). This includes adopted children. An orphaned brother, sister, nephew, niece, or grandchild may also be eligible under this category. In exceptional circumstances, other family members may also be eligible.
Applicants should make sure that they and their family members meet sponsorship requirements before submitting an application.
Family Sponsorship processing times vary from one Canadian Visa Office to another:
- Spouses and partners processing times
- Parents and grandparents processing times
- Dependent children processing times
- Other family members processing times
Federal Family Sponsorship processing fees vary from one Canadian Visa Office to another. Family sponsorship processing fees for sponsoring a person to the Province of Quebec are $260 for one sponsored person and $104 for each additional person.
For more information about Canada Family Sponsorship, see our Family Sponsorship FAQ.