Can I sponsor my siblings (bother & sister) or any other relatives?

Normally, a person cannot sponsor his brothers or sisters, or other relatives. However, in some cases a person can sponsor a brother or a sister, niece, nephew o even his own grandchildren:

If parents are deceased

the person to be sponsored is under 18 years of age

not married

There are some requirements for both the sponsor and applicant:

The sponsor needs to sign a guardianship agreement with the Canadian Immigration Office

The applicant needs to collect consent from the home country   

Other than the orphan family member, one can sponsor another relative: 

I Am Self-Employed/ Independent Contractor, Can I Immigrate to Canada?

Self-Employed immigration program is a less-known category that has created an opportunity for those who are active in arts, farming or cultural activities and are willing to immigrate to Canada.

Those active in the following 33 groups of occupations can apply under this category:

Cultural Activities

Group 1. Librarians, Archivists, Conservators (persons responsible for repairing and preserving works of art and buildings), Art Galley or Museum Technicians

Group 2. Writers, Editors, Journalists, Translators, Interpreters, Terminologists (persons working for collection data for writing bilingual (dictionaries English/ any other language)


Group 1. Cinema Performing

Can Study Permit Lead to Permanent Residency?

The answer to this question is yes and no.

Yes: A study permit (student visa) can lead the visa holder to receive permanent residency provided that he gets admission in a program that is offered at least for one year. Moreover, the admissions received from the private colleges should lead to receiving a degree i.e. the programs offer certificates or diplomas do not make the applicant eligible for the Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). After finishing his studies, the study permit holder can apply to receive a Work Permit equal to the length of his study permit, for example if the person has studied in Canada for 12 months, he will receive a one-year work permit.

Visitor Visa Refusals

Three most important reasons for visitor visa application refusals:

Based on my experience through years of working and processing dozens of visitor visa applications, there are three main reasons for visitor visa refusals:

1. Lack of ties to Canada or home country:

“Tie” means family members. For married persons “tie” means “wife”, “husband” and “children”. For single persons “tie” means “father”, “mother”, “brother”, or “sister”. Therefore, the applicant should leave a family member behind while applying for a visitor visa. For example, a married person should apply alone if he, she send an application for all members of the family at once they will get refused. A single person should do the same and apply alone. So the officer could be convinced that the applicant has enough ties back home to return.