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Immigration Law Canada: Which Family Members may come with me?

Which Family Members may come with me to Canada, when I immigrate?

If you are above the age of 18, are working, and are a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, you may qualify to sponsor some of your relatives to Canada as Permanent Residents.

 

Sponsoring Spouses/Partners and Children

You may sponsor your spouse, common-law or conjugal partner, and that person’s biological children. The Canadian Immigration authorities tend to scrutinize these applications to ensure that your relationship is “genuine” and not one that is designed for solely for immigration purposes.

 

Sponsoring Parents and Grandparents

You may sponsor your parents or grandparents, though it is a requirement that you must satisfy the Canadian Immigration authorities that you will be able to guarantee the financial security of your parents or grandparents. In addition, the Canadian Immigration authorities tend to have a maximum quota of successful applicants applying under this stream. The quota may vary year by year.

 

Brothers and Sisters

Sponsoring brothers and sisters is more complicated. It may be possible to sponsor these persons if they qualify as “dependent children” on a parental sponsorship application, or if they are under 18 and orphaned.

 

Sponsoring Adopted Children and Relatives

You may also sponsor specific relatives and adopted children to apply for permanent residence in Canada. You will still need to meet all the sponsor criteria and be able to provide for them financially as they live with you in Canada.

In closing, if you wish to immigrate to British Columbia, Canada, it may be helpful to consult a Canadian Immigration law practitioner practising in British Columbia. Contact us for a consultation.

 

Written by
Anith Layland, BCPA registered paralegal
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