Immigrate to Canada

FAMILY SPONSORSHIP

FAMILY SPONSORED VISA

Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents aged over 18 can sponsor other family members to become Canadian Permanent residents. Anyone over the age of 18 can act as a sponsor and sign a sponsorship agreement. This agreement will contain provisions for financial support and an undertaking that states the person being Sponsored will make every effort to sustain themselves. The financial provision lasts for three years for a partner, and ten years for children.

 

Applying for your partner to live with you in Canada is different than if you are applying outside of the country. The process has different steps, but if done correctly, the results should see you and your spouse living together in Canada.

 

The Spouse or Common-Law Partner in-Canada class route is for permanent residents and Canadian citizens who live together in the country and want to stay that way. The foreign national in the couple must have Canadian immigration status as a worker, visitor, or student.

 

If the individual also wants to gain an open work permit, they should apply under the same class. This will allow them to work while waiting on their Spouse or Common-Law Partner in-Canada to be approved. Possessing an open work permit may help reduce the economic and emotional issues of a possibly long application process. In addition, an open work permit allows your partner to be professionally active with work and to join the Canadian labor market.

 

It is expected that applicants will stay in Canada during application process. If your partner does not plan to remain in Canada or must travel outside the country during the application process, then the outland sponsorship program may be a better option.

 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will take around 12 months to process the partner sponsorship applications.

 

The IRCC may ask you partner who is applying for Canadian permanent residence to submit biometric data during the processing period. Your partner will have a maximum of 30 days to send the biometric data to the IRCC. Additional information may be requested by the IRCC. This additional information may include an in-person interview, which could occur at any time. Those being sponsored have 30 days to undergo a medical exam for their application. You will be able to track your application status online.

 

After a decision is made on your application by the IRCC, you will be sent instructions for the next steps of the process. The partner who is applying for immigration to Canada will have a few more steps to take before permanent residency is granted.

 

Your partner must visit a Canadian port of entry to meet with an immigration official for a landing interview. Specific documents will be needed and the IRCC will inform you about those papers needed. The time and location of the interview will also be outlined by the IRCC. After the landing interview is completed, your partner will become an official permanent Canadian resident. The next step is to receive a permanent resident card, which will arrive in the mail.

Who can be Sponsored to Canada

 

  • Husband or wife
  • Opposite or same sex partners who have been cohabiting in a conjugal relationship for at least 12 months
  • Conjugal partners who have not been able to live together due to exceptional circumstances
  • Dependent children before their 19th Birthday
  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Orphaned sublings

Requirements for Express Entry applicants

ELIGIBILITY

To sponsor a partner or spouse, a Canadian international must be a Canadian citizen, First Nation, or Permanent Resident of Canada over the age of 18

SUPPORT

SPONSORS MUST PROVE THEY CAN PROVIDE FOR THE OF THE SPONSEE. IF THE SPONSOR HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF A VIOLENT CRIME THEY CANNOT SPONSOR AN APPLICANT TO CANADA

AGE LIMIT

SPONSORS MUST BE OVER 18-YEARS OLD, PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK AND MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS. YOUR RELATIONSHIP MUST BE CONSIDERED “GENUINE”

Restrictions on Family Immigration to Canada

 

These conditions prevent you from sponsoring family members to Canada:

 

  • Being bankrupt
  • Being under a removal order (if you’re a permanent resident)
  • Being incarcerated/have been charged with a serious offense
  • Having ever defaulted on a court support order (like a child support order)
  • A prior conviction for any offense against a relative, particularly a violent or sexual one
  • Having failed to financially support a relative you had sponsored in the past as per your signed agreement
  • Receiving any financial support or benefits from the Canadian government
  • Any prior late/missed payments or defaults on an immigration loan

 

Documents required for family immigration to Canada

 

When you’re sponsoring a family member to move to Canada, the following documents will be required:

 

  • Your background documentation
  • Proof of your income
  • Proof of your relationship with your spouse or partner (for example marriage certificate)
  • Your passport and travel history
  • Your completed application form