Applicants who are Canadian nationals or permanent residents can sponsor their husband/wife, conjugal partner, dependent child (including adopted child) or other eligible relative (such as parent or grandparent) to become a Canadian permanent resident.
Family visas are among the most widely used category. Relatives being sponsored under the family visa category do not need to undergo a points-based assessment.
To be eligible to sponsor, the Canadian citizens or residents should be over the age of 18, should be living in Canada and should be willing to sponsor/support their spouse or relatives for a period of 3 to 10 years. The sponsors are also responsible for supporting their relatives financially when they arrives and should ensure their spouse or relative do not seek financial assistance from the government.
There are two processes for sponsoring a family: