Foreign family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to be sponsored for permanent residence in Canada. … card is through family sponsorship. A person looking to become a sponsor must meet the following requirements: Have at least 18 years of age.Currently there is no direct sponsorship program for friend of Canadian citizen or permanent resident. However, friends of permanent residents or Canadian citizens may apply for visitor visa, if they are from non-visa-exempt country. Visa office will ask to submit a letter of invitation from friend living in Canada.