Immigrate To Canada : Family Class

Canadians citizens and permanent residents living in Canada, 18 years of age or older, may sponsor close family members who want to immigrate to Canada. You can sponsor a relative or family member abroad if he/she is:

  • Your spouse, common-law/same-sex partner or conjugal partner
  • Your dependent children, including adopted children
  • Other family members (i.e. last remaining family member under humanitarian and compassionate grounds where it is warranted)

Foreign nationals may be selected as members of the Family Class on the basis of their relationship to a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident. Canadian citizens (including, in certain circumstances, those residing abroad with the intention to return to Canada to reside) and permanent residents (restricted to those residing in Canada, only), age eighteen (18) and over, may sponsor the following members of the Family Class (subject to meeting eligibility requirements) for Canada immigration:

  • Their spouse their common-law/same-sex partner
  • Their conjugal partner
  • Their dependent children under age twenty one (21)
  • Their dependent children age twenty one (21) and over (if they are mentally or physically disabled and dependent on their parent(s))
  • Children adopted or to be adopted by them, or under their guardianship
  • Parents grandparents
  • Other prescribed family members (i.e. last remaining family member under humanitarian and compassionate grounds where it is warranted).
Parents And Grandparents

As an alternative to sponsorship of a parent/grandparent, the Government of Canada offers the "Parent and Grandparent Super Visa," which will be valid for up to ten (10) years. The multiple-entry visa will allow an applicant in Canada for up to sixty (60) months, or five (5) years at a time without the need for renewal of their status. Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) use to be able to issue the visas, on average, within eight (8) weeks of the application however after covid this varies significantly and at the moment it can take upwards of 6 to 8 months for any decision. This means that instead of waiting for eight (8) years, a parent or a grandparent can come to Canada within eight (8) months. Parent and Grandparent Super Visa applicants will be required to obtain private Canadian health-care insurance, which tends to be costly, for their stay in Canada. However, it does allow for family members to be together until they are selected for the PGP sponsorhip program.


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You can apply for a Work Permit as you enter Canada, but only if you meet the following requirements: