Sponsoring a spouse, common law partner or child whether as dependent or an orphan relative or under adoption for Permanent Residence, at first you must be:
You cannot be a sponsor if you:
The dependent child must be under 22 years old and unmarried. If the child is older than 22 years of age and is dependent on the parent’s financial support because of a mental or physical condition, then that child may also qualify to be sponsored despite being older than 22 years of age.
The sponsored spouse or common law partner must be at least 18 years old and the relationship must be a genuine one.
For sponsoring an orphan relative and for an adopted child, their age should be less than 18.
Once the sponsorship application is in process, sponsored family members over the age of 18 years old will need to submit police certificates and all family members will need to have a medical exam.
There are two separate streams for spousal or partner sponsorship applications: