These applications are for the people who are sponsored to come to Canada by a relative who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Citizens and Permanent residents of Canada can sponsor their Spouse, common-law partner or children. The sponsor needs to be at least the age of 18 and should be able to demonstrate the willingness to take care of the person who is being sponsored including the economic well being. The sponsor needs to convince the CIC that he and his family intend to move to Canada permanently after this application being granted. The following relatives can be sponsored under this category:
- Spouse or common law partner
- Brothers and sisters
- Nephew or Nieces
To be eligible to be sponsored, the spouse or the common-law partner should be able to prove their relationship to be genuine. Proof of genuine relationship can be demonstrated by providing marriage certificate, proof of communications, joint lease bills, bank accounts, photos etc. Dependent children can only be sponsored and they need to be under the age of 22. Children under the age of 22 but married or in a common law relationship cannot be sponsored. A Canadian citizen or permanent resident also has the ability to sponsor other relatives like orphaned niece, nephew, grandchild, brother and sister. However, the relative must be under the age of 18 and the sponsor should take an undertaking to take care of the sponsored which include his social and economic well-being.