One of the ways that your family can join in Canada as immigrants is through family migration. Through family immigration, some members of your family are allowed to immigrate to Canada, based on your promise that you will take care of them for a limited period of time.
This article is a summary of some important aspects of family migration. It's not legal advice, it's just information. It's accurate as of October 16, 2005.
Who can come to Canada?
Your family members who may be eligible to come to Canada through the Family Immigration Program include your spouse, spouse or partner, which includes your partner of the same sex. In addition, your mother, father, grandparents and children may also be eligible. Additional members of your family, including your brother, sister, niece, nephew, or grandchild, may be eligible to join you in Canada as immigrants in some cases.
What should I do?
Before your family members can join you in Canada, you must meet certain qualifications. More importantly, you must be 18 years or older, a Canadian resident or a permanent Canadian resident. You must be a resident of Canada if you are a permanent resident; in some cases Canadian citizens may reside outside of Canada but remain eligible to care for their family members for immigration to Canada.
You must also fill out the bail undertaking. This is your promise to the Canadian government that you will support the family members that sponsor them. Depending on the situation, this promise will end in three to ten years. You and your family members must also sign an agreement that states that all parties understand their obligations.
In many cases, project providers must meet minimum financial requirements. The Government has established these financial requirements to help ensure that sponsors have the means to support their families in Canada. An important exception to financial requirements is that in cases of marital care, the Government generally does not take into account your financial situation.
What other ways to immigrate to Canada?
There are many ways to migrate to Canada. Migration across the family class is one of those ways.
In addition, you can come to Canada in a temporary job, a visitor or a study visa.
What are the chances of success in immigration to Canada?
Between January and March 2005, nearly 56,374 non-Canadians became permanent residents, the first step to becoming a Canadian citizen. Of this number, 12,412 were in the family category.