Process to Sponsor your Spouse into Canadian Citizenship
If you’re a Canadian citizen and are interested in spousal sponsorship in order to have your non-Canadian spouse become a permanent resident, there is some important information you’ll need and a particular process to be followed.
First, let’s look at who is eligible to apply.
Who Can Apply for Spousal Sponsorship in Canada?
You are able to apply to be a sponsor if you meet these requirements:
- You must be a Canadian citizen, registered under the Canadian Indian Act, or a permanent resident.
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- You must be residing in Canada.
- You have to prove that you have the financial means to provide for a spouse and any dependent children.
These factors will prohibit you from being a sponsor:
- You were sponsored and became a permanent resident less than five years ago.
- You have already sponsored a spouse less than three years ago.
- You are in a default status in regards to a previous spousal sponsorship, an immigration loan, a performance bond, or payments for family support.
- You are currently in a bankruptcy proceeding.
- You are a recipient of social assistance for anything other than a disability.
- You have been convicted of a violent or sexual offense, an act that caused bodily harm to a relative, or threatening any of these offenses.
- You are in jail, prison, or a reformatory.
- You are subject to a removal order.
Who Can You Sponsor?
There are three types of relationships that fall under the jurisdiction of spousal sponsorship. They are:
- Your spouse.
- Your common-law partner.
- Your conjugal partner.
The application for spousal sponsorship is a two-step procedure:
- The spouse who is already a Canadian citizen applies to become a sponsor.
- After the sponsorship approval is obtained, the non-Canadian spouse applies for permanent residence based on this sponsorship.
Most of the communication with the immigration authorities will be written, though, at times, a face-to-face interview with the sponsor is required.
The process of spousal sponsorship in Canada can be difficult and confusing.
Obtaining the help of a qualified lawyer may be your best bet to make sure that you don’t make a mistake that could cost you time and money.
See If You Qualify For Spousal or Partner Sponsorship
Fill out our FREE Family Sponsorship Assessment form to see if you qualify to sponsor your spouse or partner to Canada.