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Verifying the eligibility of your family members

You may sponsor another person related to you if you have no other living person in your family you could sponsor instead, i.e.

  • a spouse
  • a de facto spouse
  • a conjugal partner
  • a son or daughter
  • a father or mother
  • a grandfather or grandmother
  • an orphaned brother or an orphaned sister
  • an orphaned nephew or an orphaned niece
  • an orphaned  grandson or an orphaned granddaughter

Moreover, no other member of your family (uncle or aunt or one of the family members indicated above) shall be:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • a permanent resident
  • a registered Indian under the terms of the Indian Act This hyperlink will open in a new window.

Family members who may accompany the sponsored person

The person you wish to sponsor may be accompanied by immediate family members:

  • husband or wife
  • spouse
  • dependent child or children
  • dependent child of the sponsored person's dependent child 

A dependent child may be:

  • the biological child of the person you sponsor
  • the adopted child by full adoption of the person you sponsor or of that person’s wife or husband or de facto spouse Full adoption severs the parental relationship between the child and the family of origin. It creates a new relationship with the adoptive parent. 
  • A child who is under 22 years old may not be married or have a de facto spouse.

Children age 22 or over must fulfill these two conditions:

  • be unable to meet their needs due to a physical or mental disability, at least since the date of their 22nd birthday, and
  • Depend on one of their parents for their essential financial support

You must include the family members who accompany the sponsored person in your undertaking application.


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