Persons who may be sponsored

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

As a member of the family class

  • spouse, common-law or conjugal partner
  • dependent child (including children adopted overseas)
  • father or mother
  • grandfather or grandmother
  • a sponsor’s orphaned sibling, niece, nephew or grandchild who is under 18
  • child under age 18 to be adopted in Canada
  • one relative, regardless of age or relationship, subject to specific conditions

A Canadian citizen residing abroad may sponsor a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner provided that the sponsor and applicant will be residing together in Canada when the applicant becomes a permanent resident [R130 (2)].

Under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class

Members of the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class must meet all of the following:

  • be the spouse or common-law partner of sponsor, and live in Canada with sponsor
  • have valid temporary resident status in Canada (this regulatory requirement may be waived under the spousal public policy)
  • be the subject of a sponsorship application
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