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How to Sponsor Someone to Canada for Work?

July 24, 2022BY Faisal Mustafa

Are you already settled in Canada and want one of your family members to help to get a job in Canada now? Each year, Canada accepts more than 100,000 family-class immigrants.

Let’s learn how to sponsor someone to Canada for work.

How to Sponsor Someone to Canada for Work: 5 Steps

You are allowed to sponsor your family for both work (with a work permit) and a permanent visa.

You can sponsor your spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner, son or daughter, parent, grandparent, orphaned brother or sister, orphaned nephew or niece, orphaned grandchild, and dependent child in Canada.

Check the following steps to prepare to bring the aforementioned people to Canada to work.

Step 1: Become a sponsor

You must first establish yourself as an authorized sponsor for your relative. Check the following requirements to become an official sponsor.

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • A Canadian citizen
  • A person who has a Canadian Indian Act registration
  • Permanent resident

Once you are done checking the requirements, get the sponsorship application.

Minimum necessary income to sponsor spouse in Canada

You must prove that you can fulfill the minimum necessary income criteria, which means you have enough money to support everyone for whom you would be financially responsible.

Number of people

Income required















Apart from that, for each additional person, you must show proof of income :

For each additional person


Source: Official Website

Step 2: Select the right work permit

A work permit is not always necessary to work in Canada. Considering that, here are the situations when a work permit is required to come to Canada.

After officially becoming a sponsor, you need to assist a family member in selecting the current work visa.

And there are two primary categories of work permits:

Type 1: Work permits offered by employers

This kind of work permit must adhere to the terms of the employment, which would provide relevant details about the job.

Type 2: Open work permit Canada

This permit is a work permit that is not tied to a particular occupation. In fact, as long as the company abides by the rules established by the Canadian government, a foreigner may work for any organization in Canada.

Work permit Canada requirements

The Canada Work Permit Visa is given to – temporary employees, international graduates from Canadian institutions, business people, and others who need to work in Canada.

However, candidates must provide documentation proving their eligibility to accept the employment offer.

The requirements are as follows:

  • Prove that your relative plan to leave Canada after your work permit expires
  • Ensure you can support themselves and family throughout their stay in Canada
  • Get a police clearance certificate as proof of having zero criminal activity
  • Must not be a threat
  • Must be in good health and agree to a medical examination
  • Have no intention of working for a company that the government has ruled illegitimate because it failed to meet certain requirements.
  • Have no intention of working for a company that provides sensual massages, escort services, or erotic dancing.
  • To qualify for entry, they must be prepared to give any documentation the police may want.

Step 3: Determine employment eligibility in Canada

These prerequisites apply to all applicants, regardless of whether a member of your family is an international student or just a foreigner who has a job arranged up in Canada:

  • Have evidence proving your intention to depart Canada following the expiration of your work visa
  • Whether you are an overseas student or the spouse or common-law partner of a skilled worker
  • Possess the capacity to support oneself or a family member
  • A police clearance certificate proving you have no criminal history
  • Follow the law and stay from any illegal action in Canada
  • A medical examination that confirms your good health
  • Make sure your relative only works for Canadian employers who adhere to the rules (employers with no criminal activities or anything that the Canadian government considers unlawful or illegitimate)
  • Any other required documentation, such as an LMIA proving your right to enter the country

Step 4:  Fill out a Canadian work permit application

Before anything else, all candidates looking to obtain a work visa in Canada would need to be vaccinated and free from COVID-9 regulations.

The procedure for getting a Canadian work permit might vary depending on the sort of work permit a person is looking for.

For instance, as part of the authorization for a study visa, the right to work part-time is generally automatically granted to an international student.

On the other hand, formal employment offers from a Canadian company and a Labor Market Impact Assessment are required for most closed work visa applications (LMIA).

Step 5: After applying for the work permit

If one is applying from outside of Canada, they would have to provide biometrics, which includes their fingerprints and photo.

However, if your relative is 17 or younger, 61 years or older doesn’t require any biometrics.

After that, your relative will receive an approval letter, which is a document confirming their eligibility to work in Canada. And when they arrive in Canada, they will be provided with their work permit.

What is Spouse Sponsorship in Canada?

The most frequent sponsorship is for spouses. Wondering if you can sponsor your partner to work in Canada?

Your spouse or common-law partner may typically work in Canada. To work in Canada, they will often require a work permit. They also need to submit their work permit applications.

In rare circumstances, your spouse or common-law partner could be eligible to apply for an open work permit, which would enable them to accept any job from any firm.

In other situations, your spouse or common-law partner must apply for a work visa for a particular employer. The employer might need a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

Spouse sponsorship Canada checklist 2022

The process will require you to do a lot of work. The following points are the spousal sponsorship Canada checklist.

  • Filling application forms
  • Gather all documents
  • You and your spouse must provide proof of all legal name changes.
  • Sponsorship letter
  • Pay fees
  • Submit application

Final Notes

The Family Sponsorship programs in Canada may appear more difficult than other immigration programs like Express Entry.

But you can apply successfully if you understand the procedures, requirements, and laws correctly. When in doubt, you should always seek help from a qualified immigration expert.


Here are a few extra questions below. Have a look at them if you have any additional inquiries.

Can I sponsor my friend to work in Canada?

Sadly, there is no program available for a friend to sponsor in Canada at this time. A Canadian citizen or permanent resident may sponsor certain relatives who wish to immigrate permanently under the family class category.

However, the “family class” does not include friends. Only your spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, son or daughter, parent, grandparent, orphaned brother or sister, orphaned nephew or niece, orphaned grandchild as well as dependent children are eligible family members to sponsor.

Can I sponsor someone for a work visa in Canada?

You can sponsor a few people if they have a work permit. That includes your spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, son or daughter, parent, grandparent, orphaned brother or sister, orphaned nephew or niece, orphaned grandchild, and dependent child. So, you can’t just sponsor anyone.

How much does it cost to sponsor someone to Canada?

The cost of sponsorship will vary depending on the steps and categories. You need to pay the following fees in a sponsorship program.

–  $75,000 for all categories of sponsorship

– Processing costs of $75 per category

– $490 Fee for the right to permanent residence (Not applicable to dependents children under-18 relatives who are minors or orphans)

How long are you responsible for someone you sponsor in Canada?

You must promise to support the people you are sponsoring financially for a set length of time to become a sponsor. And it’s known as ‘Undertaking.’

You are financially liable for the individual you sponsor during the “duration of the undertaking.” It begins the day your sponsored individual is granted permanent residency.

Expect Quebec, in all provinces, the length of the undertaking for the person you sponsor is 3 years. Besides, for a biological or dependent child to be adopted in Canada under 22 years or until age 25, the range is 10 years.

Again, the range for a dependent child aged 22 years or older is 3 years, a parent or grandparent is 20 years, and for other relatives, it’s 10 years.

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