The goal of family reunification and retention of family members in Canada.
Under family reunification, Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their dependent children, their parents and grandparents, spouses, common-law partners and conjugal partners.
The Government of Canada is strongly committed to keeping families together as much as possible. For this reason, applications for family reunification are dealt with as a matter of priority by the immigration offices.
In most cases, persons coming to Canada as temporary foreign workers or permanent residents have the opportunity to be accompanied in Canada by their families, including their dependent children. However, in certain circumstances, it is not possible to include them in the initial license application. For Canadian citizens and permanent residents with children residing abroad, the government has created a special program to facilitate the entry into Canada of loved ones.
The sponsorship program for a dependent child for Canada
Dependent children, whether natural or adopted, may be sponsored to live with their parents as permanent residents in Canada. The sponsorship program for dependent children is a sub-category of family reunification.
The Canadian citizen or permanent resident (also referred to as “the sponsor”) and their child residing abroad (the “sponsored person”) must both be approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada ( CIC) so that the sponsored person can obtain a visa.
In order to receive a visa under this program, the sponsor and the sponsored person will have to prove the relationship between them.