There is a category of Canadian Immigration known as the
"Family Class" that helps you sponsor
family members living abroad and bring them to Canada. This process
helps reunite families and complete the dream of immigrating to
Canada, but as with all aspects of Canadian immigration, there are
some important rules and regulations to follow.
Are You Eligible?
Various factors affect your eligibility to sponsor a family
member. Some of these include:
You must be at least 18 and a Canadian citizen or permanent
You must never have defaulted on a court-ordered support
You must a criminal check and medical screening.
You must never have defaulted on an immigration loan.
You may not be currently in bankruptcy.
You must sign an agreement with the Canadian government to
financially support your sponsored relatives for a specified period
You must meet a minimum income level that is determined by the
size of your family.
You'll encounter other factors, but these are some of the
main ones that influence your ability to sponsor your relatives.
It's important to note that the relatives you sponsor must also
meet certain conditions, so be sure to ask your immigration lawyer
when you begin the process.
Submit the Applications
If you meet the criteria to be a sponsor and your family members
are eligible, filling out and
submitting the application is the next logical step. Your
application is reviewed by the Case processing Centre or CPC, and
then you wait to hear about the status of the application.
If it is approved, you must follow the instructions of the CPC
pertaining to your family members and the forms they must fill out
to complete the process. Relatives you are sponsoring must also
apply for permanent residence status, sending all necessary forms
to a Canadian Visa Office.
If you receive the application package and go through the
process and you denied on your end, your relatives can still
continue with the permanent resident status applications, but
approval isn't guaranteed. If you are approved, but they are
refused, you will receive the reason and information on how to
launch an appeal, if desired.
The Value of Expert Help
Signing on with a Canadian immigration lawyer to make the
process smoother isn't a necessity, but it will certainly help.
If you have family members who are anxious to come over and join
you, trying to navigate the system on your own can be frustrating
and you might miss key details that could make a difference.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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