(Spousal or Family)
To immigrate to Canada under the Family Sponsorship Class (Spousal Sponsorship / Common-law Sponsorship / Grandparents Sponsorship), an individual must be sponsored by a close relative living in Canada as a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen. This is known as Family Sponsorship Class.
A Canadian citizen or a permanent resident can sponsor relatives or family members residing abroad if those relatives are:
Spouses, common-law or conjugal partners 18 years of age or older;
Parents and grandparents;
Dependent children, including adopted children (under the age of 22);
To sponsor a relative or family member a Canadian citizen or permanent resident must sign a legal contract with the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration that is called an Undertaking. The sponsor must also sign a Sponsorship Agreement with their relative that outlines their mutual commitments to one other.
Canada is still accepting sponsorship applications. Under family reunification, immediate family members are being given priority considerations.