What other criteria must the sponsor satisfy?

Author: NEHA GANPAT NARAKE Webware |

In addition to the required financial ability, the Canadian sponsor must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident at least 18 years of age;
  • Be physically residing in Canada, except for Canadian citizens sponsoring a spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, or dependent child, as long as the sponsor can demonstrate the intention to return to Canada by the time the sponsored family members lands in Canada;
  • Not be in prison;
  • Not be an undischarged bankrupt;
  • Not be receiving government welfare assistance, except for disability;
  • Not be under a removal order, if a permanent resident;
  • Not be convicted of a sexual offence, or any offence against the person being sponsored in the five years before the date of application;
  • Not be in default of court-ordered support payments to an ex-spouse or child;
  • Not be behind in payments on any immigration loans; and
  • Not be the sponsor, where the sponsored family members received social assistance while the undertaking was in effect.

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