Sponsor your relatives

You may be able to sponsor certain relatives to immigrate to Canada under the Family Class if you’re at least 18 years old and a:

  • Canadian citizen or
  • person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act or
  • permanent resident of Canada

If you sponsor a relative to come to Canada as a permanent resident, you must:

  • support your relative financially when they arrive
  • be able to meet basic needs for yourself and your relative, such as:
    • food
    • shelter
    • clothing
  • make sure your relative doesn’t need social assistance

1. Find out if you’re eligible

Find out if you’re eligible to sponsor your relatives.

If you live in Quebec, you’ll need to meet the terms of Quebec’s immigration sponsorship requirements.

2. Apply

The process to sponsor your family begins when you apply to be a sponsor.

3. Check processing times

Find out how long it will take us to process your application to sponsor your family.

4. After you apply: next steps

Learn what happens after you apply to sponsor your family.

5. Prepare for arrival

Find out what you need to do to prepare for your family members to arrive in Canada.


Find out if you are eligible

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