Welcome to your newest ICCRC Exam Prep lesson on Orphaned Family Member Sponsorship!
Estimated study time: 2 hours
Sponsorship of adopted children and other relatives — The sponsor’s guide (IMM 5196)
OP 3 Section 5.20
OP 2 Section 6 Definitions
IP 2 Section 5.4
Determine your eligibility – Sponsor your eligible relatives
Sponsor your relatives
In the news
From CBC News: Orphaned African children stuck in immigration limbo for 2 years, says Calgary aunt
From CBC News: International adoptions decline dramatically in Canada, Global trend is to encourage domestic adoptions to keep kids in their countries of origin.
Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Vonn is a case from 2006, but is still relevant in terms of your ICCRC studies since it gives a great outline of the level of proof required in order to sponsor an orphaned relative. https://decisions.fct-cf.gc.ca/fc-cf/decisions/en/item/51794/index.do?r=AAAAAQAGb3JwaGFuAQ
Ly v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) is also an interesting case that will help you gain a better understanding of both the ‘Lonely’ Family Member and Orphaned Relative areas of Family Immigration. https://decisions.fct-cf.gc.ca/fc-cf/decisions/en/item/37987/index.do?r=AAAAAQAGb3JwaGFuAQ
Here is a decision that shows that if a person was raised alone by a mother who passed away, never knew who her father was, was never in contact with him and his name does not exist in any legal documents, such as a birth certificate, the person can be sponsored as an orphan, regardless of if this ‘father’ is still alive. https://decisions.fct-cf.gc.ca/fc-cf/decisions/en/item/109227/index.do?r=AAAAAQAJMTE3KDEpKGYpAQ
Here is a great decision to give you some insight into the standard of proof required to demonstrate the relationship between an uncle and his orphaned nephews and nieces: https://decisions.fct-cf.gc.ca/fc-cf/decisions/en/item/42861/index.do?r=AAAAAQAJMTE3KDEpKGYpAQ