There are two types of sponsorship:- spousal and family A Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada is allowed to sponsor.

Spousal Sponsorship

Sponsor Age: 16 years old & above who are residing in Canada

  1. Spouse: A spouse is a husband or wife who is legally married.
  2. Common-law Partner: A common-law partner is a person who the sponsor has lived together with for at least one year.
  3. Conjugal Partner: A conjugal partner is a person who has been in a marriage-like relationship with the sponsor for at least one year although they have not lived together because of extenuating circumstances.

Spouse Children who are:

  1. under the age of 22 and unmarried.
  2. over the age of 22 (single or married) if since reaching the age of 22 or the date they were married they have remained full-time students and have been financially dependent on the sponsor.

Necessary Documents for Sponsor to Prepare

  1. notice of assessment for the past year
  2. proof of income for the current year, i.e: payroll, paycheck copies, etc
  3. work reference letter and business card
  4. sponsor (spouse) passport, landing paper, citizenship card, maple leaf card, etc.
  5. birth certificate of sponsor if sponsor parents or children
  6. Trip record – air tickets, boarding passes etc.
  7. Communication Proof – letters, email, long distance phone bills, MSN, Remittance record etc.

Family Sponsorship

A Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada is allowed to sponsor.

  1. Sponsor Age: 18 years of old
  2. Parents: Mother or father or Grandparents
  3. Brothers and Sisters: can only be sponsored as accompanying dependents (children) of sponsored parents. (please refer to “children” below)
  4. Children (including brothers and sisters) who are:
    • under the age of 22 and unmarried;)
    • over the age of 22 (single or married) if since reaching the age of 22 or the date they were married they have remained full-time students and have been financially dependent on the sponsor.)
  5. Grandparents: Grandmother or grandfather.
  6. Orphans: An orphan is someone whose parents are both deceased. An orphaned sibling (brother or sister), nephew or niece, or grandchild may be sponsored if they are under the age of 19 and unmarried.
  7. Adopted Children: A person who is under the age of 19 who the sponsor intends to adopt in Canada may be sponsored.
  8. Other Relatives: Where a sponsor does not have any spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, child, parent, grandparent, sibling, uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece living in Canada, and no relative living abroad who may be sponsored, then they may sponsor any other relative regardless of their age.

Necessary Documents for Sponsor (Husband and wife) to Prepare

  1. notice of assessment for the past 3 years (need to meed the minimum income requirements LICO)
  2. proof of income for the current year, ie: payroll, paycheck copies, etc
  3. work reference letter and business card
  4. sponsor(s) passport, landing paper, citizenship card, maple leaf card, etc.
  5. marriage certificate
  6. birth certificate of sponsor if sponsor parents or children