Canada has renewed its focus on family reunification for Canadian citizens and permanent residents. To qualify as a sponsor, the applicant must at least 18 years old and a Canadian citizen, a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act or a permanent resident living in Canada. If the applicant is a Canadian citizen living outside Canada, they must show that they plan to live in Canada once their sponsored relative becomes a permanent resident. A permanent resident living outside Canada does not qualify as a sponsor.
The sponsor must prove that they are not receiving social assistance for reasons other than a disability and have enough income to provide for basic needs of any grandchildren (dependent children of a dependent child) of the principal applicant.
The spouse of the sponsor must be at least 18 years old and the relationship must be genuine (wasn’t entered into for permanent resident status in Canada).