Canadian citizens and permanent residents living in Canada, 18 years of age or older,
may sponsor close relatives or family members who want to become permanent residents
of Canada. Sponsors must promise to support the relative or family member and accompanying
family members for a period of three to 10 years to help them settle in Canada.
members eligible for sponsorship are:
Spouses, common-law or conjugal partners 16 years of age or older;
Parents and grandparents;
Dependent children, including adopted children;
Children under 18 years of age whom you intend to adopt;
Brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces or grandchildren who are orphans, under the age
of 18 and not married or in a common-law relationship;
and Any other relative if you have none of the above relatives or family members,
either in Canada or abroad.
A son or daughter is dependent when the child:
is under the age of 22 and does not have a spouse or common-law partner;
became a full-time student before the age of 22 and has been substantially dependent
on a parent for financial support since that time;
became a spouse or common-law partner before the age of 22 and has been substantially
dependent on a parent for financial support since that time;
or is financially dependent on a parent since before the age of 22 because of a disability.