If you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada and at least 18 years old, you may be able to sponsor certain relatives to immigrate under the Family Class.
If you sponsor a relative to come to Canada as a permanent resident, you must:
- be able to meet basic needs—such as food, clothing and shelter—for yourself and your relative,
- support your relative financially when he or she arrives, and
- make sure your spouse or relative does not need to ask for financial help from the government.
Determine your eligibility
Find out if you are eligible to sponsor your relatives.
If you live in Quebec, you will need to meet the terms of Quebec’s immigration program.
The process to sponsor your family begins when you, as a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, apply to be a sponsor.
Check processing times
Find out how long it will take CIC 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 arrival in Canada.
Top questions about sponsoring your family
- Which family members may come with me to Canada when I immigrate?
- How old must my spouse or common-law partner be for me to sponsor them to immigrate to Canada?
- Does CIC recognize marriages conducted by proxy, telephone, internet and fax?
- How do I sponsor my spouse, partner or dependent child to become a permanent resident of Canada?
- How long will it take to process my application to sponsor someone to live in Canada?
- I am being sponsored under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class. Can I work while my permanent residence application is in process?
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