2. Other Relatives

You can also explore this option that allows you to sponsor one relative related by blood or adoption of any age, as long as you meet these conditions.

  • The sponsor (Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person registered under Canada’s Indian Act) does not have a living relative to sponsor instead, such as a spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, child, parent, grandparent, or an orphaned brother, sister, nephew, niece, or grandchild.
  • The sponsor who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a person registered under the Indian Act does not have any relatives.
  • If the relative you are sponsoring has a spouse, partner, or dependent children that also want to immigrate to Canada, you will also need to include them on the same sponsorship application.

The sponsorship application process takes two steps. First, you apply to sponsor your relatives, and at the same time, they also apply for permanent residence. You must submit both of these applications to IRCC at the same time.

IRCC provides these guidelines on how you can prepare and submit your sponsorship application.

  • Confirm that you and your relatives meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Read through the application guides carefully.
  • Provide all the necessary documents and evidence in your application. Such evidence should include proof of income and signed legal declarations such as commitment to financially support your relative(s) once they arrive in Canada.
  • Be truthful when answering all questions.
  • Pay the applicable fees.
  • Ensure that your relatives and their close family, where applicable, complete the required health and security checks.

In summary, there’s no requirement that the sponsor is a permanent resident, Status Indian, or Canadian citizen for the three years preceding the application to sponsor. However, you have to be a Canadian citizen, Status Indian, or permanent resident living in Canada by the time when you submit your application to sponsor a family member.

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