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Family Sponsorship Canada

Moving abroad and leaving your loved ones on opposite coast is not easy. One of the objectives of Government of Canada is to see that families are reunited. Certain family members may qualify to settle in Canada long-term and become permanent residents under family class category. After becoming permanent residents, they can live, study and work in Canada, thus you no longer need to apply for visitor visa and provide letter of invitation. Like other immigration categories, family class sponsorship has certain requirements, such as minimum necessary income which should be met by sponsor. If you are wondering how to sponsor someone to Canada, you should start from reviewing family sponsorship applications, eligibility and requirements. You may be eligible to sponsor a child, spouse or a common-law partner living outside or inside Canada if you are 18 years of age or older, and you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

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When you are sponsoring a family member, whether it is your dependent child or spouse/common-law partner, you promise to support them financially. Therefore, you must work in Canada and meet certain income requirements. Sponsoring a family member to Canada is a big commitment, as you must sign an undertaking agreement. Kindly note, that family sponsorship in Canada is not eligible for a tax receipt. Below you’ll find more information on how to sponsor a relative to Canada, what are family sponsorship income requirements, how you should be sponsoring a child born outside of Canada, as well as surrogacy and immigration considerations.

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DEPENDENT CHILD

For immigration purposes the age limit of dependent children has changed from “under 19” to “under 22.” This change will apply to all new applications received on or after October 24, 2017. In order to qualify as a dependant, your child must be within the age limit, as well as meet the requirements of a dependent child. Children qualify as dependants if they meet both of these requirements: they’re under 22 years old, and they don’t have a spouse or partner. Children 22 years old or older qualify as dependants if they meet both of these requirements: they have depended on their parents for financial support since before the age of 22, and they are unable to financially support themselves because of a mental or physical condition.

Brother or Sister

Currently there is no direct sponsorship program for brothers and sisters of Canadian citizens or permanent residents.  However, their siblings can apply for permanent residency as economic class immigrants and receive fifteen additional points under Express Entry. There are two other ways for brothers and sisters to apply for immigration under the family class. The first option would include dependent children under parents’ sponsorship. In this case the parent(s) may include their child  as a dependent.  To qualify as a dependent, sponsored child must meet certain requirements. In some exceptional circumstances brothers and sisters may be sponsored under orphaned close relative program.

Adopted Child

For international adoptions, you must complete the adoption process and the citizenship or immigration process, before you may bring your child to live with you in Canada. In order to sponsor your adopted child to Canada, it is necessary to apply for Citizenship or Immigration (Permanent Residency). Adopted child receives a direct grant of citizenship through the citizenship process. While, adopted child will receive status of permanent resident  through the immigration process. If parents engage in the surrogacy process outside of Canada,  newborn is  legally the child of the sponsor or their spouse/partner in that jurisdiction, there are different avenues on bringing the child back to Canada.

Friend

Currently there is no direct sponsorship program for friend of Canadian citizen or permanent resident. However, friends of permanent residents or Canadian citizens may apply for visitor visa, if they are from non-visa-exempt country. Visa office will ask to submit a letter of invitation from friend living in Canada. The applicant must then send this letter to the Canadian embassy or consulate outside of Canada when he or she applies for a temporary resident visa. A letter of invitation does not guarantee that officer will issue a visitor visa, as there is several   criteria used to assess the applicant. Countries whose citizens require a visitor visa to enter Canada can be found on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website.

Relative

In certain circumstances you may qualify to sponsor your relative under “last remaining relative” exception program.  This program allows a permanent resident or citizen of Canada to sponsor any relative (related by blood or adoption) regardless of age, if sponsor doesn’t have any of the below-mentioned relatives in Canada, who are either permanent residents or citizens: spouse/common-law partner, child, parent(s)/grandparent(s), sibling, niece/nephew, aunt/uncle. In addition, sponsor should not have any members of family class (who could be sponsored) outside of Canada. If you sponsor a relative to come to Canada as a permanent resident, you must support your relative financially.

Someone Else

Through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program, you may be able to help sponsor refugees from abroad who qualify to come to Canada. Your role as a sponsor will be to support the refugees for the length of the sponsorship. This includes help for housing, clothing and food, as well as social and emotional support.  There are also many organizations that signed sponsorship agreements with the Government of Canada to help support refugees from abroad when they resettle in Canada. These organizations are called Sponsorship Agreement Holders. They can sponsor refugees themselves or work with others in the community to sponsor refugees. Note, that Quebec has its own process to sponsor refugees.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The following categories of individuals can be sponsored by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident: 

  • the sponsor’s spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner 
  • dependent child of the sponsor 
  • the sponsor’s mother or father 
  • the sponsor’s grandmother or grandfather 
  • the sponsor’s brother, sister, nephew, niece, or grandchild whose parents are deceased, under 18 years of age, and not married or in a common-law relationship 

If the sponsor has no above-mentioned relative eligible to be sponsored, and does not have any of the above-mentioned relatives who is a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, then he or she may sponsor any person related by blood or adoption.

You can sponsor certain relatives to come to Canada 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 

You may not sponsor your brother-in-law under family class category, however the Express Entry system awards 15 additional points to candidates with siblings in Canada. To get these points, candidates will need to show that the sibling (your spouse) is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is living in Canada and is 18 years of age or older. 

In some exceptional circumstances siblings may be sponsored under orphaned close relative option only if they meet all conditions. This means they must be: 

  • orphaned 
  • under 18 
  • without a: 
  • spouse 
  • conjugal partner 
  • common-law partner 
  • related to sponsor (your spouse) by blood or adoption, such as: 
  • brothers or sisters 
  • Canadian citizen or 
  • person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act or 
  • permanent resident of Canada 

The individuals you are eligible to sponsor to Canada are your spouse, common law partner, conjugal partner, parents, grandparents, certain relatives  and dependent children.  Even though you may not sponsor your friend to Canada for the purpose of obtaining permanent residency, you can send them a letter of invitation to apply for a Visitor Visa.

You may not be sponsored as sister under family class category, however the Express Entry system awards 15 additional points to candidates with siblings in Canada. To get these points, candidates will need to show that the sibling  is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is living in Canada and is 18 years of age or older. 

In some exceptional circumstances siblings may be sponsored under orphaned close relative option only if they meet all conditions. This means they must be: 

  • orphaned 
  • under 18 
  • without a: 
  • spouse 
  • conjugal partner 
  • common-law partner 
  • related to sponsor by blood or adoption, such as: 
  • brothers or sisters 

You can sponsor close relatives only if they meet all conditions. This means they must be: 

  • orphaned 
  • under 18 
  • without a: 
  • spouse 
  • conjugal partner 
  • common-law partner 
  • related to you by blood or adoption, such as: 
  • brothers or sisters 
  • nephews or nieces 
  • grandchildren 

You may sponsor one relative, related by blood or adoption, of any age if you meet all of the conditions, including: 

  • you don’t have a living relative you could sponsor instead, such as a: 
  • spouse 
  • common-law partner 
  • conjugal partner 
  • son or daughter 
  • parent 
  • grandparent 
  • brother or sister 
  • uncle or aunt 
  • nephew or niece 
  • you don’t have any of the above-named relatives who is: 
  • a Canadian citizen 
  • a permanent resident 
  • registered Indian under the Indian Act 

If the relative you want to sponsor has a spouse, partner, or dependent children who will come with them to Canada you must include them on the same sponsorship application. 

The length of undertaking for other relatives depends on: 

  • the age of the person you sponsor
  • their relationship to you, and
  • where you live

You will need to provide your Notice of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for each of the three taxation years immediately preceding the date of your  sponsorship application. 

Yes, the change in age of dependants affects sponsorship undertakings. 

As of October 24, 2017, the length of undertaking (the length of time you are financially responsible for the person you sponsor) for dependent children has changed: 

  • If your dependent child is less than 22 years of age when they become a permanent resident, you are financially responsible for them for 10 years after they become a permanent resident, or until they turn 25 years old, whichever comes first. 
  • If your dependent child is 22 years of age or older when they become a permanent resident, you are financially responsible for them for three years after they become a permanent resident. 

No. You can’t add a dependent child to your application. 

However, you may sponsor your child if: 

  • you meet the sponsorship eligibility requirements, and 
  • your child qualifies as a dependant (meets the age limit and requirements for dependent children) 

Only authorized representatives are allowed to represent you in an immigration or citizenship application as well as communicate with the Government of Canada on your behalf.

Elina Grigoryan is licensed Canadian immigration consultant, a member of Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) in good standing and is authorized by the Canadian government to represent your interests in all immigration matters. You may choose to use an authorized immigration representative to act on your behalf for immigration, citizenship or temporary residence applications with:

Be aware, if you use an unauthorized representative, in Canada or abroad, IRCC may return your application or refuse it. Choose your representative carefully.

RightWay Canada Immigration Services Inc. is a reputable immigration organization specialized in Express Entry, OINP, Family Sponsorship, Citizenship and TRV (study/work/visit) applications. We offer variety of packages based on your needs. Refer to the list of our immigration services below:

If you do not require professional assistance at this time and you are just looking for immigration law related information, you can find it on Legalline.ca.

It depends on what you are looking for at this point. There are three options we offer based on your needs:

1) Contact Request Form (FREE)

  • Takes less than 5 minutes to complete
  • Assist with choosing right program(s)
  • Assist with choosing right service(s)

Pros: Free of charge; Response within 1 business day

Cons: No direct interaction with consultant

Best for: People who are still undecided on program(s) they are looking for

2) 15-min Initial Consultation ($50.00+HST if applicable)

  • Assess applicant’s eligibility
  • Review eligibility questions
  • Assist with choosing right program(s)
  • Assist with choosing right service(s)

Pros: Direct interaction with consultant; Lower consultation fee; Initial Consultation Credit

Cons: Only 1 Initial Consultation is allowed per clientDoes not include case specific questions, document review, consultation on paperwork as well as consultation on submitted or in progress applications

Best for: People who want to make sure they are eligible for the program(s) before signing retainer agreement with RightWay Canada

3) All Purpose Consultation (Starting from $150+HST if applicable)

  • Case specific questions
  • Document review
  • Both document and application related questions
  • Available for both submitted and in progress applications

Pros: No limitations on case specific questions; Document review is included;

Cons: No initial consultation credit on 1-hour all-purpose consultation;

Best for: 

30-min – People who are still undecided whether they need authorized representative, as initial consultation credit is still available;

1-hour – People who have already submitted their application or looking for in-depth document review before they submit it on their own.

Full representation packages include end to end assistance with your application(s). While consultation packages are strictly limited to consultation time allocated

Everyone tries to find the best immigration consultant for their needs. People usually consider factors like experience, reliability, accreditation and easiness in communication. But total cost for achieving immigration goals can be higher than expected with constantly increasing prices in Canada.

Most of immigration law offices in Toronto will offer only full representation services and will present immigration lawyer’s fees only after initial consultation. While here at RightWay Canada, we offer at least four different packages for each program we are specialized in. As to immigration consultant’s professional fees, you can find all packages with detailed breakdown on our website prior to booking your immigration consultation. 

Yes, we are taking new cases as usual. RightWay Canada team is fully staffed and there are no delays in processing on our end.

However, IRCC processing times are impacted nationally due to COVID-19, as a result of which processing of your application may be longer than usual. Thus, we strongly recommend to get started at earliest to avoid any further delays.

Safety of our staff and clients is top priority during pandemic. Unfortunately, in-office appointments with immigration consultants are temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19.

However, we offer both phone and online immigration consultation with a screen-sharing feature, which gives you an opportunity to share with us all information and the documents required for your application.

As an exception, existing clients are also able to book document drop-offs, if required.

Yes, our immigration company assists clients from all countries regardless of the type of application.

RightWay Canada Immigration Services was founded in 2016.

When it comes to experience in Canadian immigration, number of years in industry is not the only factor to consider. It’s also important to consider the scope of expertise as well as number of clients served per year.

For example, a law firm with 35 years of experience may assist clients in all aspects of law, but at the same time process less than 5 immigration related cases per year.  

Our immigration consulting firm is solely focused on Citizenship, Permanent Residence (PR) and Temporary Residence Visa (TRV) applications. We have assisted over 400 clients with their immigration needs only in 2020.

In case of full representation, you will have no access to your application from IRCC Portal. 

All applications are submitted through IRCC Authorized Representative Portal rather than regular client portal. 

However, we update our clients on all IRCC notifications within 1 business day. Exceptions may apply in rare cases when prior documentation review is required by our team. Usually, that takes no longer than 3 business days.

The digital document includes three main steps:

  • Signing the retainer agreement
  • Booking initial appointment
  • Making the payment

Once all steps are completed, you will receive an email from our immigration office. Please note, that there are no other requirements prior to initial appointment. During your initial appointment, you will be introduced to your case processing manager, who will activate your online client portal and will go over next steps.

No one can guarantee approval of your application, as final decision fully depends on immigration officer.

Kindly avoid all kind of ghost consultants as well as unethical representatives who “guarantee results” or provide “success rates” to grab your attention.

Here at RightWay Canada, we put all our efforts in maximizing your chances of success. Reputation of our immigration company is extremely important to us, as you can see from our client reviews.

If your application gets refused, we will resubmit it one time free of charge. This does not include government application fees, as well as cases where false/misleading/incomplete information or document was provided by client.

Some IRCC programs require Invitation to Apply (ITA) prior to submission. Receiving ITA may be fully based on luck (e.g. PGP applications), data entry speed (OINP applications) or on applicant’s points (Express Entry applications). Thus, outcome is not based on your immigration adviser’s professional skills. At the same time, adding your profile into pool of candidates to participate in draws is a must.

If you do not receive ITA for PGP or OINP, we will refund all professional fees paid except $250 non-refundable deposit.

We want to see you succeed, thus we will resubmit your profile into pool free of charge within next two years.

As to Express Entry applications, immigration consultant’s fees are already split between two retainer agreements:

  • Stage 1: Express Entry Profile Submission
  • Stage 2: PR Application upon receiving ITA (CEC or FSW)

RightWay Canada Immigration Services operates through trust account in accordance with IRCC Trust Account Regulation.

Clients are required to make full payment into Client Trust Account as per Section 5.1 of our retainer agreements. However, client funds will be withdrawn from Trust Account as per payment schedule identified in Section 6.2 of our retainer agreements.

You may also refer to Section 7 (Refund Policy) and Section 12 (Termination) of our retainer agreements for more details.

Processing Time Before Submission: Usually it takes us up to 5 business days to review and submit application to IRCC once personalized document checklist is completed by clients. The overall process may take from 1 week to 6 months based on type of program as well as how fast client can gather all required documents.

Processing Time After Submission: IRCC Application processing times vary depending on:

  • Type of application
  • Country of residence
  • Canadian Visa Office
  • Interview requirements
  • Number of applications under consideration

Please visit processing times tool for more details. Kindly note that IRCC processing times may be longer than usual due to COVID-19.

Yes. Statistically, more than 30% of our clients were refused at least once prior to retaining our services.

However, an initial consultation is required to assess your individual situation and reasons of refusal to make sure we can take your case.

Some people are not allowed to enter Canada. The definition used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is “inadmissibility”. There are many reasons, why you may be refused entry to Canada:

  • you are a security risk,
  • you have committed human or international rights violations,
  • you have been convicted of a crime, or you have committed an act outside Canada that would be a crime,
  • you have ties to organized crime,
  • you have a serious health problem,
  • you have a serious financial problem,
  • you lied in your application or in an interview,
  • you do not meet the conditions in Canada’s immigration law, or
  • one of your family members is not allowed into Canada.

If you there is a valid reason why you have to travel to Canada, you may be issued a temporary resident permit.

Please note a Canadian immigration officer will decide if you can enter Canada when you apply for a visa, an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), or when you arrive at a port of entry.

Don’t wait until your visa is refused. If you or your dependent family member has an inadmissibility condition, contact our visa consultant today to discuss your options.

Our prices include professional fees only. HST may be applicable on top of that.

Government fees and disbursements (translation services, medical insurance premiums, medical examination fees, language exam fees, international student admission fees, etc.) are paid directly to government or third parties.

To check IRCC’s processing fees, please refer to their website.

To get most out of your sessions, you can split POM and DIY packages into 1-hour appointments only.

Kindly note, in case you use less than 1 hour at a time, no additional time will be added to the total time allocated.

Some of our packages (Duo, Family, Value) already have a built-in discounted price per applicant or service.

However, if you decide to retain our immigration agency for two separate applications, you will be eligible for additional 15% discount on the second package.

Same discount is applicable for all our returning clients. Moreover, if you have already retained us for one of our full representation packages, and now require assistance with your status extension or restoration, you will be eligible for a 50% discount.

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