Requirements to Sponsor Your Family for Immigration to Canada
As a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident above 18 years old living in Canada, you can help your immediate family members or family relatives migrate from native country to Canada. Family sponsorship has become a popular means of reuniting families in a country that provides optimal standards of living. Bringing your dear ones to be closer to you is often a good thing, especially if the living conditions of your homeland aren’t superior. In order to qualify as a sponsor, there are certain eligibility factors that need to be met.
To apply for family sponsorship, the Canadian government requires you to strictly adhere to the income guidelines, which states the minimum income you should earn per annum. The minimum income requirements depend on the size of your own family unit, such as spouse and children living with you in Canada -- the larger the family unit, the higher your annual income should be. If your single salary is insufficient to meet the financial obligation, you may have your spouse co-sponsor to combine his or her income, if he or she has a job. The financial ability demonstrates that you are able to support your family members’ immigration for Canada as well as provide for their needs that include food, clothing, healthcare, housing and so on when they arrive in the country.
Who Can Be Sponsored
You are eligible to apply for family sponsorship if you sponsor the following family members or relatives:
• Your siblings, cousins, unmarried children, spouse, grandchildren and other relatives.
• An unmarried orphan child of your family or relative
• A child you plan to adopt in Canada or a child you adopted outside of Canada while you were a permanent resident or citizen of Canada residing in Canada during the adoption.
• If you do not have a immediate family members such as brothers, sisters, children, parents, spouse and so on, you can sponsor individuals with whom you may have family ties. It is best to consult an immigration lawyer for this condition.
• As of November 5th 2011, you cannot apply for sponsorship for your parents and grandparents. They can get a multiple visa that allows them to stay for 6 months or the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa, which allows them to stay up to a maximum of 2 years.
Applying For Sponsorship Visa
If you are confident of your case, you can manage the immigration process directly through Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The CIC website provides all the necessarily details, forms and tools for successful application of a sponsorship visa.
However, most people opt to hire an experience immigration lawyer or immigration consultants to help them through the process of sponsorship visa because it can involve complications. There is much paperwork that needs to be done, and can be overwhelming handling it yourself. Additionally, by hiring an attorney you will increase the chances of your family’s immigration for Canada because attorneys are well-informed of the latest happenings in the world of visas and immigration. Your lawyer will represent your case until your family lands on Canadian soil
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