One of the objectives of Canadian immigration is to facilitate family reunion. Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to sponsor certain family members or relatives to Canada to become permanent residents. In general, as a sponsor, you must meet the financial requirements for family sponsorship for the person who you are intending to sponsor.
Who You Can Sponsor: In most cases, you can sponsor:
- Spouse, Common-Law, or Conjugal Partner
- Dependent Child
- Dependent Child of a Dependent Child (grandchild)
You can only sponsor a brother, sister, aunt or uncle in very specific circumstances. For example, you may be eligible to sponsor an orphaned brother, sister, nephew, niece or grandchild who is under 18 years of age and is single.
You may be eligible to sponsor one relative if you don't have a living relative you could sponsor instead and don’t have any relatives who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.