Things Every Parent Should Know About Canada’s Family Class Sponsorship

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Things Every Parent Should Know About Canada’s Family Class Sponsorship

There’s no reason for you to spend the next few glorious decades of your life without your children or parents.

If you’re older than the age of majority (18 years old in Canada), and you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, you are legally eligible to sponsor your children, so they can finally join you.

The Canadian government defines children as those who are still not financially responsible for themselves, are under 19 years of age and do not have a common-law partner or spouse.

Alternatively, if an individual has crossed 19 years of age and is still heavily dependent on their parents for financial support, due to mental or medical conditions, then they will also be considered dependent.

With that said, there are 2 separate forms that are prerequisites for the sponsorship process. Depending on where your children live currently, their processes may vary slightly. If your children are already in Canada, then you will have to fill out a form for local sponsorship.

Please be aware that the process for sponsoring your child or to apply for sponsorship is a complicated one and it must be done right the first time around. Missing out on one single step could risk you losing out on the opportunity to sponsor your children or extending the process for an unnecessarily long period of time.

Since you’re probably afraid of making a mistake and extending the entire process unnecessarily, we’re going to answer some common unanswered questions about sponsoring your child. So without further ado, here they are:

1.   Can Parents Immigrate With Their Children?

As it turns out, your children, spouse or common law partner are welcome to join you when you finally immigrate to Canada.

Additionally, if your spouse has a dependent child, they will also be welcome to join you. Unfortunately, grandparents and parents aren’t considered as dependent family members and will, therefore, not be eligible for immigration.

However, once your immigration process is complete and your status has been recognized as a permanent resident, then you can apply to sponsor your grandparents or parents to join the rest of their family in Canada.

2.   How Long Does the Application Process Take?

The best thing you can do right now is make sure all of your paperwork is in order and is done correctly the first time around. You see, an improper application will at least double the minimum amount of time required by the application process. This is due to the fact that you will have to wait to find out what steps had errors.

Trust us, this is something you want to get right the first time. To find out exactly how long it takes, especially from your country of origin, you should speak to a Canada immigration consultant. Only these professionals can be sure to weigh in all the right factors and wait times to estimate how long your application process will take.

3.   What’s the Difference Between a Sponsorship Application and Permanent Residency?

The biggest distinction between the two is that you need to be a permanent resident to apply for the sponsorship application. Once this step has been completed, you will be eligible to sponsor your children under this program. For a successful sponsorship application, you will be required to complete and send in 2 forms simultaneously.

The first form will be for your application, whereas the second will be for the permanent residence of your dependent children. Once these have been sent in, you can easily track your application online and perform certain actions, such as, changing (or updating) your address, updating other pertinent information and also whether you need to close the application or cancel the entire process.

Always remember that you need not go at it alone and that Canada immigration consultants are just a call away. Never hesitate to call or visit your nearest immigration consultant’s office to get all of your questions answered, both big and small.

There are many experienced professionals out there who would like to help speed up your citizen application for Canada and welcome your entire family to your new home.

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