Who is a Member of the Family Class

Members of the Family Class

Whensponsoring a member of the family class, you will also need to know what exactly is a member of the family class.It goes beyond your spouse, common law or conjugal partner. This class extends to relatives as well and are those who can essentially be sponsored under this application type, assuming that the category is still open.

Below is a list of those who qualify as a member of the family class and can therefore be sponsored by a citizen orpermanent resident of Canada.

This category is a straight forward one, provided you meet the requirements. Your spouse is your legally married and valid spouse. ACommon Law Partneris someone you share interdependence with and have been cohabitating with for at least one year. A conjugal partner is someone you have a relationship with for at least 12 months, which is more than simply a physical relationship, and for reasons beyond your control, you have been unable to cohabitate with them or become legally married.

Under the age of 22 years and does not have a spouse or common-law partner; Over the age of 22 and has been enrolled as a full-time student AND depends mainly on the financial support of a parent since before the age of 22; or has Become a spouse or a common-law partner before the age of 22 and has been enrolled as a full-time student AND as depended mainly on the financial support of a parent since before the age of 22.

Your biological mother or father or legal guardian would constitute a parent. Unfortunately, this category is currently closed. It is scheduled to re-open in January 2014.

Again, this category is currently closed but is scheduled to reopen in January 2015.

You may sponsor your intended family member for permanent status, provided you meet the other rigorous requirements.

This is a very unique case where you can sponsor any one relative provided you have no other member of the family class who is a Canadian citizen or member of the First Nations, or permanent resident or who can be sponsored.

Before taking the steps to begin any application, it is wise to make sure that you first qualify and meet the basic requirements.

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