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Sponsor Relatives

Canadian citizen or person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act or a permanent resident of Canada can only sponsor relatives like a brother, sister, aunt or uncle in very specific situations. 


Sponsor must


  • meet set income guidelines

  • agree in writing to give financial support to sponsored relative and any other eligible relatives coming with them

    • beginning on the date they become a permanent resident

    • for up to 20 years (depending on their age and how you’re related)


The sponsored must sign an agreement stating that they will make the effort to support themselves. This includes sponsored dependent children 18 or older. Dependent children under 19 don’t have to sign this agreement.


To sponsor Orphaned brother, sister, nephew, niece or grandchild


  • Sponsored must be  related to sponsor  by blood or adoption

  • both their mother and father passed away

  • they’re under 18 years of age

  • they’re single (not married or in a common-law or conjugal relationship)


Cannot sponsor brother, sister, nephew, niece or grandchild if:


  • one of their parents is still alive

  • no one knows where their parents are

  • their parents abandoned them

  • someone else other than their parents is taking care of them while one or both their parents are alive

  • their parent is in jail or otherwise detained


Other relative

The sponsor can sponsor one other relative who are related by blood or adoption of any age, if 


The sponsor don't have a living relative who could be sponsored, such as a

  • spouse

  • common-law partner

  • conjugal partner

  • son or daughter

  • parent

  • grandparent

  • orphaned brother or sister

  • orphaned nephew or niece

  • orphaned grandchild


The potential sponsor don’t have any relatives who is a:

  • Canadian citizen

  • permanent resident

  • registered Indian under the Indian Act

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