Other Close Relative Sponsorship

Amongst close relatives who can be sponsored to Canada are orphaned brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, grandchildren. In very specific situations, any other relative by blood or adoption can be sponsored by Canadians.  Strict conditions apply to these family class sponsorship categories.

Sponsoring Orphaned Relative – Brother, Sister, Nephew, Niece or Grandchild

Canadian citizens and permanent residents who meet general eligibility requirements  can sponsor certain orphaned relatives or family members:

  • brother
  • sister
  • nephew
  • niece
  • grandchild 

It is possible only if the above-listed relatives meet 4 conditions. Thus, a sponsored relative must be under 18 years of age, related by blood or adoption, lost both parents, and single.

Family sponsorship would not be an option if one of the parents is still alive, unknown, abandoned a child, in jail or detained, or if someone else is taking care of them while one or both parents are alive.

Sponsor Any Other Relative

  • Sometimes, due to life circumstances, there may be no living relatives who can be sponsored. This means no living spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, son or daughter, parent, grandparent, orphaned brother or sister, orphaned nephew or niece, or orphaned grandchild, or aunt or uncle who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. If this is the case, then a potential sponsor may sponsor one relative of any age, related by blood or adoption.

    For example, Jane doesn’t have a spouse, a common-law partner, children, and lives in Canada as a permanent resident. She lost her parents and grandparents. She doesn’t have any relatives in Canada who are Canadians, permanent residents or registered Indians. Therefore, Jane would like to sponsor her uncle Rob, who she is very close with. Rob is married and has a son.

    Jane meets the requirements to sponsor her uncle. Jane can sponsor Rob, and Rob’s wife and son will be also on a sponsorship application as dependants.

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