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Requirements for the Sponsor

In addition to being a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident, the sponsor must meet certain requirements for Family Class Immigration Sponsorship.

Sponsorship applicants are subject to the following requirements:

1) The sponsor must demonstrate the financial ability to provide the Family Sponsorship immigrant and dependents with their essential needs, should they be unable to provide for themselves, including the following: A) Food, clothing, shelter and other basic requirements of everyday living; and B) Dental and eye care, as well as other health needs not covered by public health services available to all Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents. 2) The following agreements must be entered into with the government of Canada or Quebec: A) The sponsor must agree to provide the immigrant with essential needs for a prescribed period of time; and B) If the sponsored relative is over 19 years of age and not elderly, and the sponsor promises to support the sponsored persons for a prescribed period of time, the sponsored persons must promise to make every effort to become self-supporting. 3) The sponsor must have either: A) Physical residency in Canada; or B) For Canadian citizens sponsoring a spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, or dependent child, a demonstrated intention to reside in Canada by the time the sponsored family member lands in Canada as a permanent resident. 4) In addition, the Sponsor must be at least 18 years old, not in prison, not bankrupt, not under a removal order (if a permanent resident), and not charged with a serious offence.

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