“There is a Canadian culture that is in some ways unique to Canada, but I don't think Canadian culture coincides neatly with borders.”
– Stephen Harper, Former Prime Minister of Canada
Families are the foundation of civilization along with culture and education. They are the basis of life and the purpose of our existence and drive. Families that love, eat, pray, and talk together thrive and build great communities on which great nations are built. Canada is acutely aware of the importance of families to one and all. They deeply appreciate the need for families to be together on its soil and therefore permit the immigration of members of a person already settled or living in Canada under a particular process.
- Spouses and dependent children below a certain age can be clubbed in the initial visa application by a candidate seeking to move to Canada.
- Parents, grandparents, and other relatives must be sponsored by Canadian citizens (having a passport of Canada) and permanent resident cardholders.
Let’s look at these two cases in a little more detail below.
1. Spouses, common-law partners, and children below the age of 19 years or so can immigrate with the candidate at the very first instance. If your dependent children have their own children, even they can be included in your visa application. Children with certain physical and/or mental disabilities and health conditions have no age bar set by the government. This type of application is a simple and straight forward procedure.
2. For bringing parents, grandparents, or relatives, the procedure is different, lengthy, and complicated. To bring across your parents and grandparents to enter Canada as permanent residents you and your parent(s)/grandparent(s) must co-sign a sponsorship agreement under which:
- The citizens/resident will support them financially if required if they become unemployed for a period of between 3 and 10 years.
- Your parents or grandparents will provide for them financially.
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There are certain restrictions under which you may not be allowed to bring them across such as the sponsor is in prison; declared bankruptcy defaulted on payments and loans etc.
As you can see from the above, there are different procedures to move to Canada with various types of blood relatives. When one is looking to immigrate fresh, then take your partner/spouse and kids. Once settled, start making the base to call other forms of relatives especially the elderly and those dependent on you.
NOIDA based entrepreneur Mr. Sumit Nagpaul had moved to Canada in the 1990s with his young wife and child, and are settled in Ajax, near Toronto, doing well in electronics. He is now seeking to bring his aged and widowed mother who lives alone in NOIDA across and is currently working out the formalities for this big move. He is consulting with an immigration consultancy on the right procedure to make sure it’s done properly.
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