Family Sponsorship

The Canadian government allows citizens and permanent residents of Canada to sponsor members of the family class. The person sponsoring a person is called the sponsor and the person who is being sponsored is called the applicant. If the applicant is living outside of Canada at the time of the application, the application is considered an outland application, otherwise, it is considered an inland application. Members of the family class include; spousedependent childrenparents, and grandparents.

Eligibility Criteria


  • at least 18 years old
  • a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • not receiving any social assistance for reasons other than a disability
  • not convicted of a violent criminal offence
  • not declared bankruptcy and have not been released from it yet
  • agree to provide to financial support for the applicant for three years


if the applicant is being processed as a spouse

  • at least 16 years old
  • not be too closely related by blood to the sponsor

if the applicant is being processed as a dependant child

  • under 22 years old
  • does not have a spouse or partner
  • if over the age of 22, they must have depended on their parents for financial support and unable to financially support themselves

Minimum Necessary Income

This is not a requirement if you are sponsoring a spouse or dependent children. But however, if you are sponsoring an extended family member for permanent residence in Canada, sponsors must exceed the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI). For parent and grandparent sponsorship, the sponsor in Canada will only be eligible if they exceed the MNI for last three consecutive years . The sponsorship of some family members such as brothers and sisters calls for the MNI in the past one year. The MNI table below does not apply to the province of Quebec.

Size of Family Unit MNI 2017
2 persons $30,625
3 persons $37,650
4 persons $45,710
5 persons $67,400
6 persons $51,845
7 persons $65,100
Each additional person $6,630

Please note that this list does not cover all cases. For exception cases or for more information about family sponsorship, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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