Can I be a sponsor for a member of my family?Updated May 27
Question & AnswerCan I be a sponsor for a member of my family?
Next Steps1. Learn about the financial responsibilities of a sponsor 2. Learn about minimum necessary income 3. Learn about other rules dealing with your financial situation 4. Learn how criminal law and status affect whether you can be a sponsor 5. Get legal help if you gave incorrect or incomplete information to IRCC
1. Learn about the financial responsibilities of a sponsor
When you sponsor someone to become a , you have to sign an agreement with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This agreement is called a sponsorship undertaking. It says you’ll support the person financially for a certain period of time after they arrive in Canada. The period of time varies depending on who you’re sponsoring.
When you sign the undertaking, you agree to make sure that the sponsored person’s basic needs are met. This means making sure they have things like housing, food, and clothing, or the money to pay for them.
If the person you sponsored gets social assistance while the sponsorship agreement is in effect, you’ll have to pay that money back.
How long the sponsorship agreement lasts
A sponsor must support their:
- parents or grandparents for 20 years
- or partner for 3 years
- children for between 3 and 10 years, depending how old the child was when they were sponsored