The intent of the family class program is to facilitate the reunion in Canada of Canadian citizens and permanent residents with their close relatives and family members.
Family Class Requirements:
An application for Family Class sponsorship can be made if your spouse, common-law or conjugal partner, or dependent children live inside or outside Canada.The first step is for you to apply as the sponsor. Both you, as the sponsor, and your spouse/ dependent children must meet certain requirements.
The application process involves two steps:
- A citizen or permanent resident of Canada must submit an application to sponsor the family member.
- The sponsored family member, i.e. spouse, common-law or conjugal partner, or dependent children must also apply for permanent residence.
The applications for both sponsorship and permanent residence should be filled out and sent at the same time.
The application submission also involves two stages:
- The sponsorship application is processed by the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga, Ontario (for family members living outside Canada), or the Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, Alberta (for family members living inside Canada).
- If you are approved as a sponsor, the permanent residence application is sent to the appropriate Canadian Visa Office that serves the applicant’s country of residence.
This class is only for spousal and /or your and/or spouse’s dependant children.