Family sponsorship to Canada goes beyond spouse sponsorship and can include children under the age of nineteen, parent sponsorship, as well as other family members in specific circumstances.
Parent sponsorship is a very popular category but has become very much in demand as many new Canadians wish to sponsor their parents to join them in Canada. The number of sponsorships each year is capped at 5,000 and there is a minimum income requirement for sponsors which is based on the past three tax years.
Child sponsorship is possible where a parent is in Canada and has custody of a child residing abroad but is limited to those dependent children under the age of nineteen.
Although family sponsorships in Canada do not generally include adult children, brothers or sisters, an exception exists for those Canadian citizens or permanent residents without any immediate family members living in Canada who also have no minor dependent children, spouses or parents that can be sponsored.