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Top Source Countries for Canadian Family Sponsorship

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"Family sponsorship is one of the most popular ways to gain permanent residency in Canada. Family Class Sponsorship allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their immediate family members.Gaining permanent residency in Canada gives you access to the right to live and work in Canada, a universal healthcare system and subsidized education for your children."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  Apr 28, 2021
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Family sponsorship is one of the most popular ways to gain permanent residency in Canada. Family Class Sponsorship allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their immediate family members.

Gaining permanent residency in Canada gives you access to the right to live and work in Canada, a universal healthcare system and subsidized education for your children.

Due to the travel restrictions put in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the immigration levels for 2020 were significantly impacted. However, Canada has announced new and increased immigration levels for the next 2 years.

As of 2019, there were about 8 million immigrants with permanent residence living in Canada - roughly 21.5% of the total Canadian population. An estimated 27% of all immigrants come from Family Sponsorships. So, let’s have a look at which nations around the world are influencing this chart.

Top Source Countries Influencing Family Class Sponsorship to Canada

Top Source Countries for new Permanent Residents in 2019

Source Country

Overall Number

Overall Percentage

India

85,585

25%

China

30,260

9%

Philippines

27,815

8%

Nigeria

12,595

4%

United States

10,800

13%

Pakistan

10,790

3%

Syria

10,120

3%

Eritrea

7,025

2%

Republic of Korea

6,110

2%

Iran

6,055

2%

Others

134,025

39%


Total new immigrants in 2019 added up to 341,180.

In the first 4 months of 2020, 74,000 immigrants gained permanent residency. The top source countries for 2020 were:

  • India
  • China
  • Philippines
  • USA
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Syria
  • France
  • Iran
  • Brazil

Analysis: India remains the top country for new permanent residency in 2019-2020. In 2019, 17,600 Indian nationals immigrated to Canada through family sponsorships. However, the Covid-19 pandemic did have an impact on the number of Indian nationals who immigrated as family sponsors.

In the last 6 months of 2020, about 57.4% fewer Indians immigrated compared to 2019. Overall, the share of immigrants coming from Asia has reduced to almost 16.7%. Chinese immigrants have, however, increased in 2020 to 10% compared to 9% in 2019.

Immigration of Filipinos has also reduced causing the Philippines to fall on the list. However, this can be attributed to low immigration targets for Caregiver immigration programs.

A majority of applicants for the Caregiver immigration programs come from the Philippines.

Currently, the pandemic has caused disruptions to the operations of Canada’s immigration system.

The government body of Immigration. Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has introduced several new changes to different immigration programs to cope with the pandemic. Canada has significantly increased its immigration target to over 1 million new permanent residents over the next 2 years.

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