Welcome to your newest ICCRC Exam Prep lesson on Orphaned Family Member Sponsorship.!

Estimated study time: 2 hours

Important links

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


IRPA/R R4 R117(1)(f) R130 R133 


In the news

Orphaned African children stuck in immigration limbo for 2 years, says Calgary aunt

Caroline Ijang trying to bring niece and nephew to Canada from Cameroon since parents died

By Falice Chin, CBC News Posted: May 24, 2016 1:22 PM MT Last Updated: May 24, 2016 3:06 PM MT



Important cases

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

Here is our lesson on orphaned family members as it relates to your upcoming ICCRC Full Skills Exam:

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