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How to Move Your Family to Canada From Dubai

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Immigrating to a new country can be exhilarating and intimidating at the same time, so picking the right country to relocate to is important. One such place is Canada which has been consistently ranked among the best countries or most desirable places to live globally.

Canada is called the Great White North for a reason. There are many benefits to moving there. For instance, healthcare is mostly free for citizens and permanent residents in the country. The Great White North also offers opportunities for topnotch education to immigrants.

It is also a well-known fact that Canadians are polite and friendly. Their amiable disposition is actually a recurring pun in several sitcoms in the USA. Due to its society’s approachable demeanor, the country has been labeled immigrant-friendly.

The benefits of moving to Canada and the country’s good-natured people make it an ideal place for a family looking to start somewhere fresh. Read on to learn how to get a family visa to Canada from Dubai.

Visit Visa Application

Visiting the country you plan on making your new home should always be part of the plan. In this case, applying for a family visa to visit Canada will be beneficial in two ways.

First, your family will be able to see their potential new home. Visiting will give everyone a chance to familiarize themselves with the people and environment in Canada. Most immigrants tend to relocate without testing the waters out first. However, visiting the country you plan on immigrating to will help with the adjustment period, especially if you are moving with your kids.

The benefits to a visitor’s visa to Canada include:

  • Six-month stay in Canada
  • Freedom to travel and explore Canada during the six months
  • Being allowed to apply for a multiple-entry visa, after your visit

Second, getting approved for immigrating to Canada with your family may be easier if you’ve already visited the country several times. Also, from a more financial perspective, visits will give Canadian officials an idea about your economic status, and if you can support a family in the country.

Immigration Visas and Sponsorships

Applying for a family visa to Canada is meant to set the pace for your actual move. The visa application to actually stay and live in the country will be different.

Principal Application

Immigrating to Canada with your family is possible. Your family can apply as a group. Either you or your significant other will be the principal applicant for the family visa. As such, there will be one primary applicant, and the rest of the family will—in a sense—piggyback on the principal application. With this application process, your family can move to Canada together.


Sponsorships are another form of family visa. In this case, you will probably have to apply separately because only Canadian citizens or permanent residents in the country can be sponsors.

For sponsorships, the family member who has a stable job and has been residing in Canada for a period of time can apply to bring the rest of the family to the country. In this case, the sponsor and the rest of the family will be separated for some time. So, taking this path must be sufficiently discussed first.

As mentioned before, Canada is said to be immigrant-friendly, the country’s sponsorship program puts this belief into action. The Great White North strongly supports the reunification of families through sponsorship visas.

People Eligible for Sponsorship:

  • Spouse, common law partner
  • Biological and dependent children (i.e., stepchildren, adopted kids)
  • Parents
  • Grandparents (through the super visa)

Moving your family to Canada is obtainable if you fulfill the requirements and skills needed. Research is, of course, key.

Also, it’s wise to seek professional help with your family visa application to Canada. For instance, Pathway Visas in Dubai prides itself for being a full service immigration company. Getting expert advice on visa applications will make the process less stressful and probably faster, too.


Bevan Berning is an Immigration professional and owner of Pathway Visas, an Immigration Agency dealing mostly with skilled immigration to Canada and Australia. Bevan’s enthusiasm for the industry has kept in the Immigration field for the past seven years. Bevan is South African by birth and has been residing in Dubai for the past eight years.