Sponsors and co-signers of all ages and sponsored persons of at least 22 years of age must sign an agreement that confirms their understanding of their mutual obligations and responsibilities. This is not an agreement to be taken lightly and comes with long-term consequences.
Spouses, common-law partners and conjugal partners of all ages must sign the agreement. The sponsor (and co-signer) agrees to support the sponsored persons and their family members during the period of the undertaking while, at the same time, the sponsored person agrees to make reasonable efforts to provide for their basic requirements and those of their family members. Sponsoring someone does not mean they get a free ride in Canada, either.
Through the Sponsorship Agreement, sponsors focus on their obligations but also on the sponsored members of the family class.