Family Class Immigration
A family class immigrant is somebody that has gained residency in Canada because one of their relatives is a permanent citizen or was recently granted residency. When a permanent resident of Canada wishes to allow a family member to move to the country they have to “Sponsor” them and agree to support them for the first three to ten years, meaning the government is not responsible if they become unemployed or similar. A permanent resident is somebody that has the right to live, study and work in Canada without the requirement of returning to a homeland in a given time period. You will know if you are a permanent resident.
You are more likely to be able to sponsor a family member or relative if they are your spouse or common-law partner. Children that are under 18 that you intend to adopt or anyone in your family that is an orphan will also help the application. Close relatives or family members are considered your spouse, your parents, grandparents, your dependent children, common-law partner 16 years of age or older and your brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces or grandchildren who are orphans, under the age of 18 and not married or in a common-law relationship.
Sponsoring somebody for family class immigration is taken very seriously and shouldn’t be done on a whim or to help somebody out that you have no intention to stay in contact with. You may be subject to income checks to make sure you’re in a position to support the relative in the first few years and if a previously sponsored relative is living off social assistance you may be seen as a liability on the economy and rejected.
Canada is a multicultural society that is made up of many foreign immigrants and is pro immigration if it means the reuniting of a family. They do however wish to ensure that you and your family have something positive to offer the country for the better of everyone.