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Orphaned Relatives include orphaned brothers, sisters, nieces, or grandchild. The Canadian Government allows you to live with your family members and orphaned relatives in Canada under certain conditions.

Eligibility Criteria for sponsoring Orphaned Relatives

A person can sponsor his orphaned brother, sister, nephew, niece, or grandchild only under the following conditions:

  • They are your relatives by blood or adoption
  • their both parents have passed away
  • under 18 years
  • they are single (not married or in a common-law or conjugal relationship)

You are not allowed to sponsor your brother, sister, nephew, niece, or grandchild if:

  • one of their parents is alive
  • no one knows where their parents are
  • they are the abandoned children of their parents
  • living with guardians while one or both their parents are alive
  • their parent is detained

Requirements for an eligible sponsor

You can sponsor orphaned relatives if you are

  • 18 years or above
  • A Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • Living in Canada or planning to return to Canada

You must meet Quebec’s conditions to be a sponsor if you live in Quebec. An undertaking is signed with the province that binds your sponsorship.

Your responsibilities

Sponsoring an orphaned relative to become a permanent resident of Canada, you must:

  • Have sufficient income or funds to support them
  • Sign an undertaking to support your relatives and their dependents financially. This undertaking starts on the date they become a permanent resident and is valid for almost 20 years

The relatives you are sponsoring also have to sign an undertaking agreeing to make efforts to support themselves if they are older than 18 years. Dependent children under 19 do not need to sign this agreement.

How to Apply?

You can apply online. The Canadian Government gives you an online application package, including an application form, a guide, and instructions to complete the form.

The next step for processing the application for the sponsorship of orphaned relatives under the family visa class is to pay the application fee, including the processing fee for you and sponsoring persons and their dependents ( if applicable), the biometrics fee, and the other third-party fee.

After paying the fees and clearing all pending dues, submit your application along with the supporting documents and required information.

Your application will be sent back or refused due to any missing document or by providing the wrong information.

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