Canada will welcome a record number of new permanent residents through family sponsorship programs this year, if the trend of the first five months is of any indication. As per the latest data from the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Canada has already welcomed 41625 new permanent residents through family sponsorship programs in the first five months of 2022. If this pace is continued throughout the rest of the year, Canada will be welcoming 99900 family class immigrants this year. This will be 9.4 per cent more compared to the previous record of 91300 set in the year 2019.
The number of family sponsorship applications has also grown significantly, rising 65.1 per cent and has reached 81420 per cent already. The family sponsorship programs allow Canadian citizens to sponsor their family members for permanent residence in Canada. To become a sponsor, the applicant must be at least 18 years of age. Once the family members obtain permanent residence, they would be able to live, study and work in Canada. However, the sponsor must assume the financial responsibility of the person they are sponsoring, once they arrive in Canada.
They must sign a sponsorship agreement that commits to provide financial support to the person being sponsored, if necessary. The agreement also wants the person becoming a permanent resident to make every effort to support himself/herself.
If the sponsored person is a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner, the sponsor must provide them financial support for three years from the date when they become a permanent resident.
If the applicant is sponsoring a dependent child, they must be willing to provide them financial support for the sponsored for at least 10 years or until the child turns 25, whichever is early.
The sponsor must also sign a contract agreement that they would repay the government any social assistance payments made to the sponsored person.
Spouses and common-law partners who come to Canada under the sponsorship programs can work under the Spousal Work Permit Pilot Program. They can continue to work with this work permit until their permanent residence applications are processed.
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