Lonely Family Member

Lonely Family Member

Lonely Family Member

Canada gets over 100,000 family-class immigrants every year. Most of these immigrants arrive through the sponsorship program for spouses, partners, and children. A smaller percentage of immigrants arrive using the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP).

The rules related to sponsoring family members are not simple and straightforward. However, Canada is a family-friendly country and encourages its citizens and permanent residents to bring their family members to the country. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) offer multiple ways of sponsoring other family members in very specific situations. Lonely family member sponsorship is one of them.

Which lonely family members can come with me to Canada when I immigrate?

You could bring family members with you to Canada if they were processed for permanent residence as your dependents. This includes:

  • Spouse or common-law partner
  • Dependent child
  • Dependent child of a spouse or common-law partner
  • Dependent child of a dependent child

These family numbers are not allowed to come with you as a lonely family member:

  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Brother/sister
  • Uncle/aunt
  • Nephew/niece
  • Other relatives


  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • You must be financially stable to support the lonely family member when they arrive
  • You must ensure their basic needs for food, shelter, and clothing are adequately met
  • You must make sure they don’t need social assistance

Who Is Not Eligible to Sponsor

You may not be able to sponsor a relative if

  • You are in prison for a crime
  • You have defaulted on alimony or child support payments
  • You are declared bankruptcy and not yet released
  • You claim social assistance for reasons other than a disability
  • You have not paid back/made delayed payments/missed paying an immigration loan
  • Defaulted on terms of sponsorship while having sponsored another relative in the past
  • You have been convicted of a violent crime, especially against a relative

Your Responsibilities

The Canadian government expects you to follow these steps when you sponsor a lonely family member

  • You must meet the stated income guidelines
  • You must agree in writing to give financial support to your relative from the date they become a permanent resident or up to 20 years, depending on their age and your relationship with the sponsored person

Any sponsored person above 19 years of age is required to sign an agreement stating they will make an effort to support themselves.

You are allowed to sponsor an orphaned brother, sister, nephew, niece, or grandchild only if they comply with these conditions:

  • You are a blood relation or related by adoption and less than 18 years old
  • Both their parents have passed away
  • They are single and never married or in a common-law relationship

You are not eligible to sponsor them if

  • One parent is still alive
  • There is no information about their parents
  • They are abandoned
  • A third person is taking care of them while one parent is still alive
  • A parent is spending time in jail or has been detained

How To Apply

You can apply online by downloading the application package that includes a detailed instruction guide and the forms you need to fill out.

Make sure you read the guide carefully and understand the details before filling in the forms. You must meet the following conditions:

  • Provide income proof
  • A statement from the sponsored person that they will try to support themselves
  • You must agree to support the lonely family member for a fixed period, as stated
  • Provide all the documents as mentioned and state facts on all points

The sponsored person must undergo a security check, criminality check, and a medical exam.

You must also pay the application fees, including processing fees, permanent residence fees, and biometrics fees. The payment must be made online.

You can submit the application as mentioned in the instructions guide to complete all the procedures and make the payment.

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