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Family sponsorship, Residence of Quebec

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(Federal Family Sponsorship Program)

Sponsor your spouse, partner, children, parent or grandparent 

Find out about the requirements to sponsor a close relative to Quebec.

Sponsor (guarantor)

You can sponsor a close relative if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Québec, you are at least 18 years of age and you satisfy the prerequisites.

The sponsorship targets this close relative and, if applicable, accompanying family members.

Sponsored person (close relative)

To be sponsored, your close relative must belong to the family class and satisfy specific requirements:

You can sponsor

  • Your spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner – specific requirements

  • Your dependent child – specific requirements

  • Your father, mother, grandfather or grandmother – specific requirements

Your orphaned brother, sister, nephew, niece, grandson or granddaughter, who is under the age of 22, and not married or in a common-law relationship – specific requirements a child you plan to adopt (international adoption) – process for adopting a child residing abroad.

Important: The gouvernement du Québec establishes the scales used to evaluate the financial capacity of sponsors residing in Québec and to determine the length of the undertaking.

Consequently, measures issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to modify the scales used to evaluate sponsors’ financial capacity or the duration of the sponsorship undertaking will not apply to Québec sponsors or people sponsored by them.

Prerequisites for sponsorship

You must not receive financial assistance of last resort (social assistance) except allowances related to your age or a disability that poses obstacles to employment that are serious, permanent or of indefinite duration.

If you sponsor your father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, a dependent child who has a child or a close relative who is a minor and an orphan, you must prove that you have at your disposal sufficient financial resources for the duration of the undertaking .

Spouse

A married person of at least 16 years of age who Was not, at the time of marriage, the spouse of another person.

Is not the de facto spouse of another person while living apart from his or her spouse for at least one year.

Conjugal partner

A person 16 years of age or over of the same or the opposite sex who has maintained with the sponsor a marital relationship for at least one year and who is living outside Canada.

Co-signing spouse

Your spouse or common-law spouse may sign the undertaking form. Your spouse then also becomes jointly and severally responsible, along with you, for this undertaking.

The co-signing spouse must satisfy the same conditions as the sponsor. He or she undertakes to provide for the essential needs of the sponsored person(s) and assumes the same responsibilities as the sponsor.

Dependent child

The biological offspring of either parent, who has not been adopted by any person other than the spouse or de facto spouse of one of his/her parents; or the adopted child of one or the other parent.

One of the following situations applies to this child:

he/she is under 22 years of age, and is neither married (he/she is single, widowed, or divorced) nor a de facto spouse; or he/she is still substantially dependent on the financial support of one or the other parent, and is 22 years of age or over and, at least since his/her 22nd birthday, has been unable to support himself/herself owing to a physical or mental disability.

This definition also extends to the child of a dependent child.

De facto spouse

A person at least 16 years of age of the same or the opposite sex who has:

Been living marital for at least one year with the sponsor or the principal sponsored person.

Had a marital relationship for at least one year with the sponsor or the principal sponsored person but who may not live with him or her because of persecution or penal control

Responsibilities and obligations

In undertaking the sponsorship process, both the sponsor and the sponsored person must be aware of the responsibilities and obligations they have toward each other and toward the government of Québec.

Duration of sponsorship (or undertaking)

The duration of the undertaking that you sign will vary depending on the family relationship between you (the sponsor or guarantor) and the person sponsored.

Fees

It is also important that you be informed of the fees required to review your application.

You must also satisfy all of the following requirements, in addition to any specific requirements that apply.

You must have fulfilled all previous commitments. If the Ministère de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (MESS) determines that you have defaulted, you must have repaid all of the amounts paid as financial assistance of last resort (social assistance) or special allowances to the person you sponsored.

Over the past five years, you must have complied with obligations arising from a judgment ordering you to pay alimony. If not, you must have repaid all outstanding amounts.

You must not have been convicted, in Canada or abroad, of a sexual offence, attempt or threat to commit such an offence against anyone or an offence resulting in personal injuries, or an attempt or threat to commit such an offence against a family member or relative, your spouse, common-law spouse or conjugal partner or a member of their family or relative unless you were acquitted or rehabilitated or finished serving your sentence at least five years before submitting your application.

You must not be subject to a removal order or detained in a penitentiary or prison.

You may not sponsor a spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner who is under 16 years of age.

You must ensure that the sponsored person, if he or she is of legal age, signs the declaration attesting that he or she fully understands the nature and scope of the undertaking.

Procedure for the sponsored person

As the sponsor (guarantor), you are responsible for completing most of the documents concerning the arrival of the sponsored person to Québec. However, certain steps are the sole responsibility of the person you are sponsoring.

Application for the Québec Selection Certificate

Just before submitting your undertaking application to the Québec government, the person you are sponsoring must complete the Application for a Selection Certificate – Family Class and quickly return it to you, duly signed. You must enclose this form with your undertaking application.

If your undertaking application is accepted, a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec Selection Certificate) will be issued to the person you are sponsoring.

The Ministère’s decision will be transmitted directly to the Canadian Visa Office for the sponsored person’s country. The person you are sponsoring will then submit his or her application for permanent residence.

Application for permanent residence

The final admission of candidates to Canadian territory falls under the jurisdiction of the Government of Canada.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada processes your sponsored person’s application for permanent residence. Your sponsored person and his or her family members (regardless of whether they are accompanying him or her) must satisfy the health and security requirements of the Government of Canada in order to be granted permanent residence.

From Quebec immigration web site

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