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Federal Family Class – Other Relatives (FSPR)

  • S.D: Sponsor-driven

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Under Relatives subsection of family class, Canadian citizen or permanent resident may sponsor relatives such as a brother, sister, aunt or uncle or other relatives in very specific situations, for Canadian permanent residence.  

Both the Canadian citizen or permanent resident (also called the ‘sponsor') and the foreign national (the ‘sponsored person') must be approved in order for the sponsored person to receive a visa.

Family Class sponsorship is divided to the following sub-categories:

  • Spouse, common-law, and conjugal partners or dependent children (➨page)
  • Parents and grandparents (➨page)
  • Other relatives (this page)
  • Adopted children (➨page)

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1- Age

Your sponsor must be at least 18 years old.

2- Status in Canada

Your sponsor must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or a person registered in Canada as an Indian (indigenous people);

If your sponsor is living outside Canada, he/she cannot sponsor you.

3- Financial Ability

Your sponsor must be able to provide for the basic needs of you and any persons he/she wants to sponsor. He/she must sign an undertaking which promises support for these basic needs:

  • Rent or mortgage, along with utility bills.
  • Food and personal toiletries, like shampoo, soap and toothpaste.
  • Clothing and other items necessary for daily life.
  • Medical costs not covered by public health insurance, such as dental and eye care.

The length of undertaking is ten (10) years, starting when you become permanent resident.

The length of undertaking for dependent children is ten (10) years or until the child reaches the age of 25 –whichever comes first, starting when the child becomes permanent resident.

During this period, if you or any sponsored person receives social assistance from government of Canada, the sponsor must repay it.

Your sponsor must show that in the previous taxation year or the last twelve (12) months preceding the date of application, he/she has made the minimum income not less than the Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) that was effective in that taxation year (➨Appendix 2).

If the sponsor lives in Quebec, they must only meet the Quebec’s immigration sponsorship requirements after IRCC finds them eligible.

The sponsor (and the co-signer, if applicable) must show that he/she has made the minimum income for the past twelve (12) months (➨Appendix 8).

4- Sponsor Ineligibility

Your sponsor may not be eligible to sponsor you as his or her relative if he/she:

  • is in jail, prison, or a penitentiary
  • didn’t pay an immigration loan, a performance bond and/or family support payments;
  • didn’t give the financial support based on a sponsorship agreement to sponsor someone else in the past;
  • declared bankruptcy and are not discharged;
  • receives social assistance for a reason other than a disability;
  • sponsored another relative in the past and didn’t meet the terms of the sponsorship agreement;
  • were convicted of attempting, threatening to commit or committing a violent criminal offence, any offence against a relative or any sexual offence inside or outside Canada (depending on details of the case, such as type of offence, time of offence, etc);
  • is under a removal order.

5- Relationship to Sponsor

Orphaned brother, sister, nephew, niece or grandchild:

You can be sponsored if you are an orphaned brother, sister, nephew, niece or grandchild of your sponsor only if you meet all of these conditions:

  • you are related to your sponsor by blood or adoption
  • both your mother and father passed away
  • you’re under 18 years of age
  • you’re single (not married or in a common-law or conjugal relationship)

You can’t be sponsored if:

  • one of your parents is still alive
  • no one knows where your parents are
  • your parents abandoned you
  • someone else other than your parents is taking care of you while one or both your parents are alive
  • your parent is in jail or otherwise detained
Other relative (Except Quebec):

If the sponsor resides anywhere except Quebec, he/she may sponsor one relative, related by blood or adoption, of any age, if he/she meets all of these conditions:

  • the sponsor don't have a living relative he/she could sponsor instead, such as a spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, son or daughter, parent, grandparent, orphaned brother or sister, orphaned nephew or niece or orphaned grandchild
  • the sponsor don’t have any relatives (aunt or uncle or any of the relatives listed above), who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or registered Indian under the Indian Act

If you have a spouse, partner, or dependent children who will come with you to Canada, you must include them on the same sponsorship application.

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Step 1: Submit Your Application

Submission of applications for sponsorship is online. The applicant or their guardian (if the applicant is under 18) must submit the application using the IRCC Permanent Residence Portal (PR Portal) (➨ 

If the person being sponsored is under 18, the sponsor or their guardian can fill out the forms and sign them on their behalf.

If the application is complete, the applicant or their guardian will receive a letter or an email confirming that the file has been received and accepted for processing. 

This letter is called the Acknowledge of Receipt (AOR) and will include the IRCC file number.

Once you have received your acknowledgement of receipt, you can create an online account and link your application to it. By creating an account, you will be able to receive email updates and a more detailed case status.

If the sponsor is refused, he/she can choose to continue processing the application for permanent residence for you and your dependents.

  • If the application is withdrawn, all fees minus the $75 CAN sponsorship fee will be refunded.
  • If the application is continued, the application fee will not be refunded.
Sponsorship Application
Apply Online (PR Portal)
Official Program Guide:
IRCC Application Fees:
Main applicant:* $630
Spouse: $635
Each child:
($170 or $175)
RPRF main applicant:** $575
RPRF spouse: $575
Biometrics: $85

(per person if applicable)

*The application fee includes a

sponsorship fee of $75

**Orphaned brother, sister, nephew,

niece or grandchild are exempt

Processing Time:
Not Available
Document Checklist:


1-888-242-2100 (in Canada)

1-613-944-4000 (outside Canada)

Web Form:

Visa Office:

In most cases, you always should select option A. The only reason to choose option B, is for cases where the applicant knows the sponsor is in fact ineligible to sponsor, but they believe at appeal they can be accepted ( e.g. on humanitarian and compassionate grounds).

If the sponsor is approved, they will receive a correspondence from IRCC stating that they have met the eligibility requirements to sponsor you (and your family, if applicable). Once the sponsor is approved, the assessment of your application for permanent residence will be started.

Quebec Undertaking Application (If your sponsor resides in Quebec)

If your sponsor is a resident of Quebec, they will not be required to submit an undertaking of assistance for you at this time. Once the sponsor receives the eligibility approval, they must submit an undertaking application to the Quebec government in order to assess sponsor’s necessary income.

Quebec Undertaking Application
Submit Application:  

Ministère de l'Immigration, de la

Francisation et de l'Intégration

285, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, 4e étage

Montréal (Québec) H2Y 1T8


Official Program Guide: 
Sister, brother, nephew or grand-child 
Another family member 
Application Fee:  
Main applicant: $319
Each dependent: $128
Processing Time: 
Document Checklist:


Tel: 514-864-9191

Fax: 514-864-8158 (general questions)


Once the sponsorship application has been sent to IRCC, your sponsor must prepare the Quebec undertaking application in advance, including the application for your selection certificate with all required documents, so that your sponsor sends it to the Quebec government as soon as he or she receives an invitation from IRCC to proceed.

Your sponsor must enclose a copy of this correspondence (sponsor eligibility letter) with the undertaking application to the Quebec government.

If your sponsor’s undertaking application is accepted, a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec Selection Certificate) will be issued to you (and your dependents, if any). The decision will be forwarded directly to the Canadian visa office covering your country.

Step 2: Biometrics

During processing, you will be asked to submit your biometrics.

You and any member of your family between 14 and 79 years old need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) for permanent residence application you submit, even if you gave your biometrics in the past, and they’re still valid. You will be contacted to give your biometrics and you will have 30 days from the date on the letter to do it.

If you apply for permanent residence and are in Canada, you may qualify for an exemption from having to give your biometrics.

In order to give biometrics you need to go to an official biometrics collection service point. You must give your biometrics in person.

Before you go, check the location’s website for its services and fees at (➨ Depending on the location, you may need to make an appointment.

Step 3: Medical and Background Checks

After the assessment of your application based on the eligibility criteria of the program is completed, a decision is being made on your application based on the results of your medical exam, police certificates and background checks.

You and your family (and all your dependents, accompanying or not) must pass medical, criminal and security checks to receive permanent residence. If you or any of your dependents are found medically or criminally inadmissible, your application will be refused.

Medical Check:

Instructions on how to get the medical exam done will be sent to you upon completion of selection based on the program’s eligibility criteria. You and your dependents must go for the medical exam within 30 days of receiving these instructions. Only an approved panel physician (➨ can do a complete medical exam for immigration reasons.

Once the exam is done, the physician will send the results to IRCC and will give you a document confirming that a medical exam is done.

Background Check:

Background check is a required procedure to verify your criminal and/or security background to ensure you are admissible to Canada. Criminality and Security together are background checks. Criminality check is performed by RCMP (Police Service of Canada), and Security by CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) and CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency).

Step 4: Landing in Canada

If your application is approved, you will be asked to pay your right of permanent residence fee if you haven't already done so. You will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) and if you are from a country that requires a visa you will also be issued a permanent resident visa.

You will only become a Permanent Resident of Canada when you cross a Canadian port of entry. This is referred to as ‘landing in Canada’ (➨page).

You must land in Canada before the expiry date, which appears on your Canada Immigration Visa. Usually, the expiry date is one (1) year from the time medical examinations were completed. As this is not always the case, be sure to verify the expiry date as soon as the Canada Immigration Visa is received.

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