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Family Class immigrants are people sponsored to come to, or remain in Canada by a relative who is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. Your relatives can live, study and work in Canada if they become permanent residents of Canada. You can sponsor certain relatives to come to Canada if you’re at least 18 years old and a: Canadian citizen
A family class can be defined as a class of persons who may become permanent residents on the basis of the requirements provided under the Act. Members of the family class include: … A relative, if there is no member of the family class who is a Canadian citizen, Indian or permanent resident or who could be sponsored.
1. Spousal Sponsorship
You can sponsor the following persons and their dependent children (21 or younger) for Canadian Permanent Residence
Canada recognizes same-sex marriages and partners and are eligible to apply under these 3 categories.
There are 2 types of applications for Spouse and Common-Law Sponsorship
1. Outland Spousal Sponsorship: your application will be processed through the visa office in the sponsored spouse’s country of citizenship or where they legally reside (if outside Canada). If you and your Spouse/Common-law partner live together in Canada, you can still apply under this category. Applying under this category will make you eligible to Appeal a refusal. You will not have rights to appeal for an Inland Spousal Application.
2. Inland Spousal Sponsorship (Spouse or Common-Law in-Canada category): your application will be processed in Canada and you and your sponsor MUST live together. The person being sponsored MUST have temporary status in Canada as a worker, student, or visitor. The person being sponsored may be eligible for an Open Work Permit.
How do I sponsor a spouse, common-law partner or dependent child from inside Canada?
You may be eligible to sponsor a spouse or common-law partner or accompanying dependent child from inside Canada if:
How do I sponsor a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner, or dependent child living outside of Canada?
You may be eligible to sponsor a spouse or a common-law or conjugal partner or dependent children living outside of Canada if:
As of April 28, 2017, IRCC has eliminated the Conditional Permanent Residence rule for spousal and partner sponsorships.
2. Sponsorship of Parents, Grand-parents, Children or adopted children and other relatives
How do I sponsor parents, grandparents, adopted children and other relatives?
You may be eligible to sponsor adopted children and other relatives if:
The LICO income is based on your Gross Annual Income. You have to provide Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) with documents that show your financial resources from the past 12 months and prove you are financially able to sponsor members of the family class. You may get the help of a co-signer.
You may not be eligible to sponsor if you:
Who is eligible to be sponsored?
You can sponsor relatives or family members under this class if they are:
Who is a dependent child?
Important Note: As of October 24, 2017, a dependent child must be under the age of 22, according to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.
For sponsorship purposes, a dependent child may be your own child or those of the person you are sponsoring. According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, they must:
To sponsor Family Members, sponsors MUST meet or exceed the Minimum Necessary Income Level (MNI)
This requirement is to ensure sponsors are able to financially support the family members they wish to sponsor and bring to Canada.
The minimum necessary income required varies, depending on the number of family members you support in Canada, the number of family members you wish to sponsor, and where you live (Quebec or the other Canadian provinces).
To be eligible to sponsor your Parents or Grandparents, you MUST exceed the MNI for each of the last 3 years. If applying in 2017, your income in 2014, 2015 and 2016 must exceed the corresponding MNI for 2014, 2015, 2016 each income year must be matched with the MNI year.
Please Note: The MNI & Income matching is always using numbers starting from 1 year before the actual year you are applying since there is a time lag in processing tax returns. For 2018, you use numbers for 2017, 2016, 2015.
To be eligible to sponsor all other family members besides parents and grandparents, your income for the one previous year must exceed the MNI for the previous year. You only are required to exceed the MNI for the most recent year and not for the 3 previous years as the case with sponsoring parents and grandparents. If applying in 2018, this would be 2017 income and MNI.
The MNI is calculated as the LICO (Lower Income Cut-off) PLUS 30%.
Sponsors living in Quebec must meet a different set of MNI requirements. In order to be eligible to sponsor, you must have income in the previous 12 months greater than the required income calculated by the tables below.
PLUS the table below for the appropriate number of family members you wish to sponsor
Additional income required of the sponsor to satisfy the basic needs of the sponsored person and his or her family members
The gross annual income required increases by $4,296 for each additional person under 18 years of age.
The gross annual income required increases by $2,979 for each additional person under 18 years of age.
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