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Did you know that the Alberta Provincial Nominee Program allows for Family Sponsorships by “distant relatives”?

How to come to Alberta through the Provincial Nominee Program

It is well known that under the Federal immigration system, Family Class sponsorships in Canada are restricted to spouses, common law partners, parents and grandparents (and dependent children).

If you are a member of the family class, you may be eligible to be sponsored by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

However, what if wish to bring over your brother, sister, niece or nephew? Under the Federal program, you are out of luck…unless of course they qualify under a different immigration category such as the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program.

But if you happen to reside in Alberta where taxes are low and incomes are generally high, an added bonus is that such more “distant” relatives may possibly be candidates for sponsorship.

Below are some of the highlights of the Alberta PNP Family Stream program.

Family stream – Alberta Relative eligibility

An application under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) – Family Stream requires both an Alberta Relative and a Candidate.

Criteria for Alberta Relative (includes but is not limited to):

  • An Alberta Relative must complete a AINP Family Stream – Affidavit of Support (AINP 006A).
  • An Alberta Relative must be at least 21 years of age or older.
  • An Alberta Relative must be able to provide proof that he or she is the parent, child, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew of the Candidate (by birth or adoption).
  • An Alberta Relative must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and must be able to demonstrate he or she has been a citizen or permanent resident for at least two years.
  • An Alberta Relative must currently be a resident of Alberta, and must be able to demonstrate that he or she has been residing in Alberta for the past two years.
  • The Alberta Relative must be able to demonstrate employment, private pension or other regular source of income for the past 12 months OR a minimum of CAD $15,000 in unencumbered, transferable and available assets (jewellery, cars or other personal assets are not considered) over and above any income received from government transfer payments (e.g. Old Age Security, Canada Pension Plan, etc.).
  • An Alberta Relative must be able to show a detailed Settlement Plan for the Candidate and the Candidate’s accompanying family members (if applicable)
    • A Settlement Plan would describe how the Alberta Relative would help the Candidate and any accompanying family members (if applicable) with shelter, food, clothing, finding work in their field and integrating into the community. The Settlement Plan questions can be found in the AINP Family Stream – Affidavit of Support.
  • An Alberta Relative must fulfill their commitment of support under the AINP Family Stream prior to supporting another family member. The commitment of support is defined as two years from the date that the Candidate became a permanent resident of Canada.
  • Please note that there can only be one ongoing commitment of support per household at a time under the AINP Family Stream. A second commitment of support from a household could only be considered once the initial commitment has been fulfilled. If the Alberta Relative or anyone in the Alberta Relative’s household has already submitted an application under the AINP Family Stream where a decision has not yet been made or where a commitment of support is still in effect, a second application should not be submitted.

Have a question about the Alberta Provincial Nominee Program? Contact Niren and Associates immigration law firm.

UPDATE: In June 2008, the Alberta Provincial government did open a Family Sponsorship class for Alberta residents.  Unfortunately, this program was suspended in 2010 and subsequently closed as of April 30, 2013.  All persons who wish to sponsor a member of the family class must follow the requirements/procedures that Citizenship and Immigration/Federal gov’t has laid out.

 

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

55 thoughts on “Did you know that the Alberta Provincial Nominee Program allows for Family Sponsorships by “distant relatives”?

  1. obafemi faluyi

    Hello good day,

    I wil like to find out if this applies for my family my mums brother is currently a permanent resident with his family in Alberta Calgary. What is the best possible option to follow for this family sponsorship.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Obafemi. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  2. Vijay

    Hi – My uncle is living in Kitchener, Ontario for last 30 years. Will he be able to sponsor me?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Vijay. We need to know a lot more about your situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  3. sukha

    hi, my younger brother and parents are permanent resident in Alberta Canada. can they sponser us to canada ? we are three members in india.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Sukha. Alberta does have programs for family members. The programs may open and close without much notice, and there are strict rules and requirements in order to be eligible. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  4. Sukhmander

    Hi ! My younger brother is a citizen in Edmonton, Canada. Can he sponser us? My parents are also in canada . My family is of three members in india

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Sukhmander. The province of Alberta has some temporary programs that may be of interest to you. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  5. Jessa

    Hello, I would like to know when will Family Stream in Alberta may open again? My brother is a citizen in Canada and he wants to sponsor us, his siblings. Is there any way to do that?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Jesse. Thank you for writing to us. We never get advanced notice when an immigration program is going to open, but if you subscribe to our newsletter, will will receive immigration news updates.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  6. Jessa

    Hi, My brother is a citizen in Edmonton, Canada. And he wants to sponsor us, his siblings. Is there any way he can do that? When will the Family Stream may open again?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Jessa. There are many immigration paths that might be available to you and the rest of your family. Family sponsorship outside of parents, spouse, and children, has many rules and regulations. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you and your family. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  7. Kartik

    A close friend of my lives in Calgary and he is ready to sponsor me. Is there anyway to do this?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Kartik. We need to know all the details about your situation and that of your sponsor: work experience, language skills, education. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  8. Phil

    Hello there,

    I am a Permanent resident and have lived in Alberta for the last 10 years. I would like to sponsor my brother (Age 25) and am curious about my eligibility and options. I did look at the page http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ but I didn’t see anything specifically for siblings.

    Thanks in advance,

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Phil. Yes there are particular conditions where you can sponsor your brother. The conditions have to do with the number of close relatives that you might have. Also at 25 years old, there may be some other options available to him. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you and your brother. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  9. azhar

    Hi

    iam a Canadian Citizen, i would like to sponsor my mother and a brother(unmarried) from india.
    I moved to alberta from toronto 5 months back. would like to know about my eligibility.

    thanks

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Azhar. Thank you for writing to us. There are several options available to you. For your mother, there is a parental sponsorship, or a super visa. For your brother, if he is 22 yrs old or younger he can accompany your mother as a dependent child, if he is older than 22, then there are many Albert Provincial Nomination Programs that may be very favorable. The fact that as his brother, you are a Canadian citizen, gives him a lot of advantages over many people. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  10. Marvie

    I am a Canadian citizen 2 years ago. My parents do want like to be sponsored as permanent resident in canada. I wanted my sister to sponsor instead of my parents. Is that possible? I lived in Alberta. Anyone could help me and how much it cost.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you Marvie for your inquiry.
      Sponsorship has many paths that can be taken. In order for me to give you the most accurate advice, I would need to learn more about your qualifications. Please complete this form for me, http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ as it will give me all the information I need to proceed. You will be contacted once your assessment form has been reviewed.
      Best regards,
      Vahe

      Reply
  11. JoanneT

    Hi. So my aunt is 62 years old and is Canadian citizen for 20 years. Can she sponsor my brother, which is her nephew, from vietnam? Thank you

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you Joanne for your inquiry.
      An aunt can sponsor a nephew under certain conditions. In order for me to give you the most accurate advice, I would need to learn more about the situation. Please complete this form for me, http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ as it will give me all the information I need to proceed. You will be contacted once your assessment form has been reviewed.
      Best regards,
      Vahe

      Reply
  12. Jazib

    Hi my brother living in Edmonton and he completed his master in petroliem from Alberta University.Now he nearly to get his P.R.So can he sponcer me(brother-age 23) and mother together?

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Jazib,

      Thank you for your post. Your brother can Sponsor family members to come join him in Canada upon obtaining his PR, but he and the applicants he wishes to Sponsor need to be eligible to do so. You can go to http://www.cic.gc.ca to ensure that all applicants meet the requirements. MF

      Reply
  13. cristina

    Hi. I am permanent resident living in Alberta for the past 4 years. I have a brother living in Mexico who is married and has two children. Are there any program that can help me to bring them here permanently?

    Reply
  14. ghie

    Hi, my brother is a permanent resident in Alberta Canada, im 37 and he is planning a sponsorship for me to get there…is it possible? Thanks

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Ghie,

      Thanks for the question. Yes, Family Sponsorship may be a possible option for you in this case, even though your brother is not a Canadian citizen. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  15. olesea

    hi please I want know my brother live in alberta he can sponsor me ?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Thanks for the question. It may be possible for your brother to sponsor if he is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Alberta. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  16. michelle a.

    hi,
    i would like to know if the family sponsorship for provincial nominee under Alberta Province is already open for application?
    what are the forms / documents needed to get started?
    what is the eligibility for both the nominee and the sponsor?

    your advice is greatly appreciated.

    thankyou

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Michelle,

      Thanks for the question. We would be happy to help you with a Family Sponsorship or Provincial Nominee Program. Once you partner with us we will provide you with a list of all of the documents that you require. Please see http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/ for more information.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  17. Geraldine

    Hi,
    I’ve just read the website that you have sent regarding family sponsorship and I’m still a little bit confuse. Actually, my mom sponsored me before as dependent child, but then I was disqualified for taking the board exam which makes me disqualified and my mom didn’t appeal anymore. Can my mom apply for family sponsorship for me? I am 27 and single and now currently working here in Hong Kong. Can she apply under family sponsorship or family stream (provincial nominee) ? Thank you for your advice sir. How I wish yo reunite with my mom and dad. Thank you,

    Reply
  18. Geraldine

    Hello,

    my mom and dad are currently working in Alberta and they are now residents there. Can they apply in family stream sponsorship for me? Im currently working here in hong kong and planning to go back home to Philippine to start my application.

    Thanks.:-)

    Reply
  19. Joselito Umali

    Hello, can my nephew, who is a permanent resident of Alberta, sponsor me, a Filipino who is temporarily working in Alberta?

    Reply
  20. Priya

    Hello,
    I would like sponsor my sister (39 yrs old) from Bangladesh to Canada. I live in Ontario now. If I relocate to Alberta, would it be easier to sponsor her from there? Thanks.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Priya,

      It may be a bit easier to sponsor relatives from Alberta, but that being said, if you are sponsoring a close family member, and if you submit an accurate and strong application, then even if you live in Ontario you should not normally encounter extreme difficulties/long wait times. Please see http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/canada-permanent-residence/family-class-immigration/ for more information about Family sponsorships.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  21. lei

    I came in canada as livein caregiver, in my application I did not put my child In my application I hide to my parents specially to my dad because he’s health condition. Now im citizen and my dad is past away a year ago, can I sponsor my child to bring in canada?

    Reply
  22. lei

    My brother has abondone child can I sponsor his child?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Lei,

      Thanks for the question. You should be able to sponsor your brother’s child to come to Canada under the Family Sponsorship program. We would be happy to guide you through this process, please let us know if you have any further questions, and please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  23. Farhan Mahmood

    Hi ,

    Me and my family have beeniving in Alberta since 2006 and have already got our Canadian Citizenships. We would like to bring my wife’s brother and his family to Canada on immigration from Pakistan.I am a permanent employee and have stable income , willing to sponsor them while my wife runs a day home. What are our options ?

    Thanks,
    Farhan.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Farhan,

      Thank you for the question. Depending on the details of your wife’s brother and his family, it may prove to be difficult to sponsor them to come to Canada via the Family Sponsorship route. However, there may be other options available for your brother-in-law, but in order for us to further assist him, please fill out our free online assessment form, and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  24. Anonymous

    my aunt is in alberta n citizen.of canada can i apply.for pnp program

    Reply
  25. Elisabeth

    hey,
    I wish to sponsor my brother, I am planning to move from Ontario to Alberta in the summer. so from what i understood, i need to live in Alberta for two years and then i can start sponsoring my brother who will be 24 by then. how many years of income tax do i need to show? is there anything else that may prevent me from sponsoring my brother?
    Thank you
    elisabeth

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hi Elisabeth

      In June 2008, the Alberta Provincial government did open a Family Sponsorship class for Alberta residents. Unfortunately, this program was suspended in 2010 and subsequently closed as of April 30, 2013. All persons who wish to sponsor a member of the family class must follow the requirements/procedures that Citizenship and Immigration/Federal gov’t has laid out.
      Best Regards
      Michael

      Reply
  26. abdilahi

    i been here in alberta two years so can i sponsore my brother or my sister

    Reply
  27. anthony cacho

    hello, just wondering if family stream( AiNP ) program came back ?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Anthony,

      Unfortunately, the family stream program in Alberta Provincial Nominee Program has not come back yet.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  28. Jimmy

    my mother is canadian citizen in alberta over 10 years and wanna sponsor me to come to Alberta. Just wonder the program has passed two years if you still have ways to help me out.

    Thanks

    Reply
  29. Ravinder Chhabra

    I wish to sponser my brother and his family from India to Alberta, Canada. Let me know if you can help. Thanks

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Mr. Ravinder Chhabra,

      If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, currently a resident of Alberta and have been residing in Alberta for the past two years, have a regular source of income and make commitment of on-going support for your brother and his accompanying family members, you may be able to sponsor your brother from India. If you think you meet these basic criteria, our office will be able to assist you.

      Thank you.

      Reply

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