If you would like to sponsor a relative to immigrate to Canada in the Family Class category, you must first determine if you are eligible to be a sponsor, and if the family member you want to sponsor is considered a close relative and eligible for sponsorship by you. Once you have determined that you, and the family member you wish to sponsor, are eligible under the Family Class, two things must be done:
- Complete an application for sponsorship, using the appropriate application forms available from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Applications are submitted to the Case Processing Centre (CPC) in Mississauga, Canada. You will be notified in writing by the CPC about the decision on your sponsorship application.
- The sponsored family member must apply for permanent residence.
- Applications for both sponsorship and permanent residence must be sent at the same time.
- A separate sponsorship application must be completed for each person you want to sponsor, although each application may include that person’s family members.
Considering Super Visa
If parents are coming for a visit, they can apply for a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa by applying for a temporary resident visa. Although they may not need a visa to visit Canada, depending on their country of origin, it may still be a good idea to apply for the Super Visa because it can allow parents and grandparents to remain in Canada for up-to two years, without the need for extension applications in between if failed to sponsor them.
Temporary changes due to COVID-19
Due to the current pandemic, the Government of Canada has implemented temporary changes to various immigration programs and procedures. For the most up-to-date information, visit canada.ca.
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