Family Sponsorships for Immigration to Canada: A Road to Permanent Residence

Family Class Immigration in Canada is one way for people to immigrate to Canada. In order to do so, they must have a relative in Canada that is a Canadian citizen or a Canadian permanent resident. This relative will then sponsor the immigrant.

A sponsor’s relation to the immigrant is important, and can include:

  • A spouse
  • A parent
  • A grandparent
  • A dependent child
  • An orphaned, unmarried brother, sister, nephew or niece that is under the age of 19
  • In some cases, a relative who doesn’t have any of the listed above.

The sponsor has specific responsibilities, including having the means to support the immigrant in Canada. The sponsor must be able to prove to the Canadian government that they are able to do so, and will have to submit proof of their income and financial obligations. The sponsor will also sign a Sponsorship Agreement, which means that they promise to provide for and support the immigrant – this agreement is binding and violating it could mean trouble for the sponsor.

Deciding to Sponsor an Immigrant?

Sponsorship is a great way to reunite family members in Canada, but it is still a big decision.

For example, last year a man in Canada who was looking to sponsor his new wife after divorcing his ex-wife found himself in a difficult situation. He had sponsored his ex-wife, but upon divorce she went on welfare. Because he was responsible for supporting her through sponsorship, he was on the hook for all of the money his wife had collected on welfare: tens of thousands of dollars. The complete story is available here

This isn’t meant to be a discouraging horror story, but is meant to instead show how seriously spousal sponsorship and other sponsorship through the Canadian Immigration Family Class should be taken. For more information, discuss your Canadian Family Class and sponsorship options with a qualified immigration lawyer.

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Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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About Fadi Minawi

Fadi is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Toledo College of Law. He is called to the New York State Bar and is registered as a Foreign Legal Consultant with the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is currently serving as the Media Liaison for the Canadian Chapter of AILA. Fadi has extensive experience in US immigration matters and is the firm’s lead in the area of US immigration. He is specialized in corporate and family immigration, as well as issues dealing with US inadmissibility.

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