Family sponsorship is open to anyone who has permanent residency or is a Canadian Citizen and has the means to support the family member they are sponsoring. The term relatives cover spouse, partner, dependent children, parents and grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Sponsoring a spouse or common law partner
A spouse can be either sex and must be legally married to the applicant and over 18 years of age.
A common law partner isn’t legally married to the applicant but must have been living with the applicant for a minimum of 12 months and the applicant needs to show proof of this by submitting documents such as a lease in both names, utility bills, id documents. If the relationship ends then the visa is no longer valid.
Sponsoring a conjugal partner
A conjugal partner isn’t legally married or in a common law relationship with the applicant. The applicant needs to prove why they and their conjugal partner are not living together or are not married. This could be due to religious reasons, marital reasons or same sex relationships.
Sponsoring a child
Children under the age of 22 are classed as dependent providing they are not married or in a common law relationship. If a child over 22 is dependent on the applicant then they must prove that they are unable to financially support themselves due to a mental health problem or a physical condition.
Sponsoring other family members
An interest to sponsor form needs to be submitted and if the applicant is then invited to make an application then proof needs to be shown that the sponsored family member can be supported financially by the sponsor and that no government assistance is needed.