Every year, Canada invites over 100,000 immigrants through the Family Sponsorship Programs. The following programs are available under the Family Sponsorship:
- Spousal Sponsorship
- Dependent Child and Other Relatives Sponsorship
- Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship
While these are all well-known programs, many people are unaware of how they can sponsor their other relatives to Canada. However, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will allow you to sponsor other relatives in very special circumstances.
Who Can You Sponsor for Canadian Immigration?
Most commonly, you’ll be able to sponsor your spouse, common-law partner, dependent children, parents, and grandparents. There are 2 other types of relatives that you can also sponsor.
The IRCC allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor your orphaned brother, sister, niece, nephew, or grandchild if the following conditions are met:
- You are related to them by blood or adoption
- They are under the age of 18
- They are unmarried and not in a common-law or conjugal relationship
You can not sponsor your brother, sister, niece, nephew, or grandchild if:
- They have a parent who is still alive
- The location of their parents is unknown
- They were abandoned by their parents
- They are under the care of someone else while one or both parents are still alive
- Their parents are in jail or detention