Only Canadian citizens or permanent residents can sponsor their spouse or dependent children. Temporary residents, including individuals with applications for permanent residence in process, are not eligible to sponsor their family members. Individuals who received permanent residence as a result of being sponsored by their spouse or partner are only eligible to sponsor if they became a permanent resident more than 5 years ago.
What Does Michael Dadson offer?
A Spousal Sponsorship application is a two-step process. The first step of the process entails processing by the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga, where officers assess the sponsor’s eligibility. The application is then transferred to a Canadian visa office that is responsible for applications in the spouse, common law or conjugal partners’ country of citizenship or country of permanent residence, where officers assess the genuineness of the relationship and the admissibility of the applicant A foreign national seeking spousal sponsorship to Canada faces a highly complex legal process, regardless of whether the application is submitted domestically or at a Canadian embassy or consulate abroad. The spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner seeking to immigrate to Canada must be sponsored by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, who must also submit a sponsorship application in support of the foreign spouse. Under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, family reunification is one of the most important elements. As a result, sponsorships by Canadian citizens of their foreign national spouses and dependents have priority over many other independent immigration applications. Spousal applications are some of the fastest applications processed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Not only can married spouses sponsor each other for immigration to Canada, but common-law partners, same-sex partners and conjugal partners are now considered members of the family class.
Who can apply for a sponsorship:
- Spouses must be legally married to the sponsor;
- Common law partners must have been living with the sponsor for at least 12 consecutive months in a marriage-like relationship;
- Conjugal partners must have been in a relationship with the sponsor for at least 1 year and must be unable to either live with or marry their sponsor because of significant legal and immigration reasons.
- If you are 18 years of age or older;
- If you’re a Permanent Resident or Canadian Citizen;
- The person you want to sponsor is a member of the family;
- You currently reside in Canada;
- You and the person you are sponsoring both sign an agreement confirming that each of you understands your obligations and responsibilities;
- You sign an undertaking that promises to provide for the basic requirements of the person you are sponsoring and their dependent children (if applicable).
- Sponsors must also have no outstanding sponsorship undertakings, immigration or court order debts, or undischarged bankruptcies.
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