When you sponsor a relative to become a permanent resident of Canada, you must promise to support them (and their dependents) financially. Therefore, you have to meet certain income requirements. If you have previously sponsored relatives to come to Canada and they later turned to the government for financial assistance, you may not be allowed to sponsor another person. Sponsorship is a big commitment, so you must take this obligation seriously.
You and the sponsored relative must sign a sponsorship agreement that commits you to provide financial support for your relative, if necessary. This agreement also says the person becoming a permanent resident will make every effort to support her or himself. NOTE: Dependent children under age 19 do not have to sign this agreement. Quebec residents must sign an “undertaking” with the province of Quebec – a contract binding the sponsorship.
You must promise to provide financial support for the sponsored relative and any other eligible relatives accompanying them for a period of three to ten years, depending on their age and relationship to you. This time period begins on the date they become a permanent resident.
Not all relatives qualify to get sponsorship under this program. It is vital for both the parties (person sponsoring as well as those intending to immigrate to Canada as PR) to fulfill the requirements linked with the immigration process. These include medical and criminal screening and giving the proof of a genuine background, to name a few.