Canada family sponsorship – Program requirements

The Canada Family Sponsorship Program is one of the most favorable family reunification programs in the developed world. The Canadian immigration sponsorship category for relatives is a priority, so the processing time is faster than other types of immigration applications.


To be able to become a sponsor for a relative to immigrate to Canada, an individual must:

  1. At least 18 years old
  2. Be a Canadian citizen, or Lawful Permanent Resident in Canada, of which:
  • If the individual is a Canadian citizen living outside of Canada, the individual must demonstrate a plan to live in Canada when the sponsor becomes a Canadian permanent resident.
  • If you are a Permanent Resident living outside of Canada, you cannot become an eligible sponsor.
  1. Prove that you do not receive any social assistance for any reason if you are not disabled.
  2. Capable of providing for the basic needs of any sponsored person.

If the sponsor lives outside of Quebec

To become a sponsor, you must commit to providing financial support to the people you are sponsoring for a specified period of time (depending on the relationship and age of the sponsor):

  • Provide financial support to your sponsored family members, starting from the time they become permanent residents of Canada.
  • Pay for any social assistance your sponsored family members receive during that time.

In addition, the sponsor and sponsored family members need to make a written commitment to agree to certain responsibilities of each party during the guarantee period, including:

  • The sponsor will provide for the basic needs of his or her sponsored family members.
  • The sponsored person will do their best to support themselves and their family members.

If the sponsor lives in Quebec

Individuals must meet Quebec’s Immigrant Sponsorship Requirements upon approval to become an Eligible Sponsor. The sponsor must sign a separate undertaking with the government of the province of Quebec. The Quebec Department of Immigration will assess the Sponsor’s income.

Income Requirements

In most cases, there is no income requirement if the petitioner is sponsoring the petitioner’s spouse or children. The sponsor only needs to demonstrate that the individual has sufficient funds to meet the income requirements if sponsoring:

  • A dependent child has one or more dependent children with them
  • Either the spouse or partner has a dependent child and their dependent child has 1 or more children.

Check out the following basic qualifying income levels:

Table 1 – Low Income Cut-Off (LICO)

Số lượng thành viên gia đình

Thu nhập tối thiểu cần có

1 person (người bảo lãnh)


2 persons


3 persons


4 persons


5 người


6 persons


7 persons


Over 7 persons, for each person plus



  • The income level in the last 12 months must meet the minimum income standard (LICO) set by the Department of Immigration to evaluate the possibility of sponsoring. The minimum income level is updated every year.
  • In the case of sponsoring a spouse and dependent children under the age of 22 without dependent children, the sponsor does not need to meet the minimum income required to sponsor, but cannot apply for sponsorship if they are receiving money. social allowance except for the reason of illness.
  • The minimum income level is calculated according to the number of people in the household, plus the number of people who have guaranteed but have not finished their term and the number of people who will be guaranteed this time. A chart of the minimum income is included in the instructions for applying for a guarantee.
  • The financial assessment form included with the petition lists the types of income to be counted, including wages, income from business, trade, investments, rent, pensions, special allowances in the work insurance program such as sick pay, maternity and parental benefits, seniority benefits, etc.


You may be eligible to apply for a family reunification visa if you are sponsored by a relative who is eligible for the sponsorship above and falls under one of the following circumstances:

  1. As a spouse, partner, or unmarried cohabitant
  2. Be a dependent child under the age of 22 and unmarried of the sponsor’s spouse, domestic partner or unmarried partner
  3. In addition, if the dependent children under the age of 22 of the sponsor’s spouse have children of their own, you can also sponsor them to immigrate to Canada as a grandchild of the sponsor under the provisions of the law.
  4. Are the parents, grandparents/grandparents of the sponsor in Canada. Even if the sponsor’s parents or grandparents are divorced or living separately, the sponsor can still sponsor them to settle in Canada together.
  5. Other relationships, including: orphan brother/sister, nephew/niece only if they meet all of the following requirements:
  • Be related by blood or adoption to the Guarantor
  • Both their father and mother passed away
  • They are under 18 years old
  • They are single (not married or in a cohabiting relationship)
  1. Legal adoption of the Guarantor.

In all cases, the Sponsor must meet the requirements of a clean criminal record and good health.