Undertaking Sponsorship to Canada

Undertaking sponsorship to Canada refers to the process of assuming responsibility for sponsoring an individual’s immigration to Canada. It involves a commitment to support the sponsored person financially and ensure their well-being during their initial period of settlement in the country.

The undertaking is a formal legal agreement between the sponsor and the Canadian government, where the sponsor agrees to provide financial support to the sponsored person for a specified period. This support typically includes meeting their basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, and other essential requirements.

When completing a sponsorship application, the term “current or previous undertaking” refers to any existing or previous sponsorship commitments the applicant has made or is making. It requires the applicant to disclose whether they have sponsored or are currently sponsoring anyone else for immigration to Canada.

This information is crucial for immigration authorities as it helps assess the sponsor’s capacity to fulfill their financial obligations towards the sponsored individuals. It ensures that sponsors are not overwhelmed with multiple sponsorship commitments beyond their means, thus safeguarding the welfare of both sponsors and those being sponsored.


What is the duration of financial responsibility for the family member or relative I sponsor?

As a sponsor, it is important to understand the duration of your financial responsibility towards the individuals you sponsor. This commitment, known as an undertaking, requires you to provide financial support for a specific period.

The “length of undertaking” refers to the duration for which you are financially responsible for the sponsored person. It begins on the day the sponsored individual becomes a permanent resident.

The duration of the undertaking varies based on factors such as the age of the sponsored person, their relationship to you, and the province in which you reside. In Quebec, the length of undertaking may differ slightly.

It is important to note that you remain financially responsible even if:

  • There are changes in your relationship with the sponsored person (such as divorce or separation).
  • The sponsored person obtains Canadian citizenship.
  • Your financial situation worsens (for instance, due to job loss or debt).
  • You submit a request to withdraw your sponsorship application after the sponsored person has become a permanent resident, and we receive it.

Understanding the duration of your financial responsibility is crucial in fulfilling your obligations as a sponsor. Please note that the information provided in this message is general in nature and does not constitute legal advice. For specific inquiries or concerns, it is recommended to consult with our qualified professionals at Akrami & Associates.


Current undertaking

The term “current undertaking” pertains to the sponsorship application that you, as the sponsor, along with your co-signer (if applicable), are presently in the process of preparing.

It is important to note that the undertaking encompasses all individuals listed on the application, regardless of whether they all intend to come to Canada or not.

Once the application receives approval, the undertaking will take effect once the individuals you are sponsoring acquire permanent residency status.

Therefore, upon the successful transition of the sponsored individuals to permanent residency, you will assume the financial responsibility as outlined in the undertaking.

It is crucial to ensure the accurate and comprehensive completion of the current undertaking during the application process to facilitate a smooth sponsorship procedure.

Should you have any further inquiries or require clarification regarding the current undertaking or any other aspect of the sponsorship application, please do not hesitate to contact us. With our in-depth knowledge of immigration laws and regulations, we can provide expert advice and personalized solutions tailored to your specific situation. Whether you need help understanding the duration of your financial responsibility, navigating the application process, or clarifying any aspect of the undertaking, we have the expertise to assist you.


Previous undertakings

The term “previous undertakings” encompasses two scenarios:

  1. Undertakings still in effect: This refers to the ongoing undertakings that are currently active and have not reached their designated end date. These undertakings involve the financial responsibility of the sponsor towards the individuals they have sponsored for immigration.
  1. Undertakings not yet in effect: This refers to the undertakings that have been accepted and approved but have not yet come into effect. These undertakings will take effect once the sponsored individuals become permanent residents.

It is important to note that if an application is returned or refused, there is no active undertaking associated with it. In such cases, the sponsorship application and its associated obligations are no longer valid.

Understanding the status of previous undertakings is essential for sponsors to fulfill their financial responsibilities and comply with the terms and conditions set forth in the sponsorship agreement.

If you have any further inquiries or require clarification regarding previous undertakings or any other aspect of the sponsorship process, please feel free to reach out to us for assistance.


Previous undertakings still in effect

“Previous undertakings still in effect” refers to sponsorship applications that have been approved, where you (or your co-signer, if applicable) are listed as either the sponsor or co-signer, and the individuals you sponsored have successfully obtained permanent residency in Canada.

It is important to note that these undertakings remain in effect until they reach their designated expiration date, regardless of whether the sponsored individuals choose to leave Canada or later become Canadian citizens.

Even if the sponsored individuals decide to leave Canada or obtain Canadian citizenship, the sponsor’s financial responsibilities outlined in the undertaking still remain valid until the specified end date of the undertaking.

Understanding the ongoing status of previous undertakings is crucial to ensure compliance with the sponsorship agreement and fulfill the financial obligations associated with the sponsorship.

Take action today and reach out to us at Akrami & Associates if you have any inquiries or need clarification regarding previous undertakings still in effect or any other aspect of the sponsorship process. Our team of experienced professionals is well-versed in the complexities of sponsorship undertakings and can offer you comprehensive guidance. We understand the significance of considering the factors that influence your sponsorship undertaking, and we are here to provide you with the expertise and support you need.


Undertaking not yet in effect

“Undertaking not yet in effect” refers to the individuals listed on sponsorship applications that are currently being processed. This includes cases where you (or your co-signer, if applicable) are listed as either the sponsor or co-signer. It also encompasses applications that have been approved, but the sponsored individuals have not yet acquired permanent residency status.

The undertaking associated with these applications will come into effect under two conditions:

  1. Application approval: If we approve the sponsorship application, and
  2. Attainment of permanent residency: The undertaking will take effect once the individuals you are sponsoring become permanent residents.


This situation may arise in two scenarios:

  1. Submitting multiple sponsorship applications simultaneously: If you are submitting two sponsorship applications at the same time, the undertakings for both applications will be considered not yet in effect until the respective individuals become permanent residents.
  1. b) Separate sponsorship applications: If you and your co-signer each submit a sponsorship application, the undertakings for both applications will be treated as not yet in effect until the sponsored individuals achieve permanent residency.

It is essential to be aware of the status of undertakings not yet in effect to ensure compliance with sponsorship requirements and fulfill the associated financial responsibilities once the sponsored individuals attain permanent residency.

Should you have any further inquiries or require additional clarification regarding undertakings not yet in effect or any other aspect of the sponsorship process, please feel free to reach out to us for assistance.


Length of undertaking

The duration of the undertaking is determined by two factors:

  1. Who you sponsored or co-signed an application for: The length of the undertaking can vary based on the individuals you have sponsored or co-signed for. Factors such as their relationship to you and their specific immigration circumstances play a role in determining the duration of the undertaking.
  2. When you sponsored them: The timing of when you sponsored the individuals also influences the length of the undertaking. Different sponsorship programs or categories may have varying durations for which you are financially responsible.

It is important to carefully consider these factors and understand the specific terms and conditions of the undertaking pertaining to the individuals you have sponsored or co-signed for. This knowledge will help ensure that you fulfill your financial obligations for the designated duration of the undertaking.

By choosing Akrami & Associates, you can trust that you will receive the highest level of support and guidance throughout the undertaking process. Our dedicated team is committed to assisting you every step of the way, answering your questions, and addressing any concerns you may have.



Don’t navigate the undertaking process alone. Let Akrami & Associates be your trusted partner in ensuring a successful sponsorship journey. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take advantage of our expertise in undertaking sponsorship to Canada.

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