You may be able to sponsor certain relatives to immigrate to Canada under the Family Class if you’re at least 18 years old and a:
- Canadian citizen or
- person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act or
- permanent resident of Canada
If you sponsor a relative to come to Canada as a permanent resident, you must:
- support your relative financially when they arrive
- be able to meet basic needs for yourself and your relative, such as:
- make sure your relative doesn’t need social assistance
Find out if you’re eligible
Find out if you’re eligible to sponsor your relatives.
If you live in Quebec, you’ll need to meet the terms of Quebec’s immigration sponsorship requirements.
The process to sponsor your family begins when you apply to be a sponsor.
Check processing times
Find out how long it will take us to process your application to sponsor your family.
After you apply: next steps
Learn what happens after you apply to sponsor your family.
Prepare for arrival
Find out what you need to do to prepare for your family members to arrive in Canada.
Top questions about sponsoring your family
- I am sponsoring my spouse or partner who is in Canada. Can they work while their application is being processed?
- For my IRCC spousal sponsorship application, what is a common-law partner?
- How long will it take to process my spousal sponsorship application?
- What are the changes to the spousal sponsorship program?
- Am I affected by the changes made to reduce spousal sponsorship wait times?
- How can I sponsor my spouse or children?
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