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    Spousal Sponsorship

    A spousal relationship refers to two people that are legally married to each other. The marriage can be performed in any country and will be recognized as valid by the Canadian immigration authorities as long as it was conducted in accordance with the laws of that country and is otherwise consistent with Canadian law. The immigration authorities will require a valid marriage certificate as proof of the spousal relationship. This is the simplest and most straight-forward type of relationship for sponsorship purposes since the marriage certificate is generally sufficient to demonstrate the legality of the spousal relationship.

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    Common-Law Partner Sponsorship

    Common-law partners are two people who have been living together continuously for at least one year in a marriage-like relationship. For immigration purposes, this has the same legal effect as being married and is a basis for a sponsorship. The immigration authorities will expect to see evidence that the couple has been living together for at least one year, such as lease or rental agreements in both names. This makes this type of application slightly more complicated than a spousal sponsorship application, since it adds the requirement to provide evidence of the common-law relationship.

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    If you’re looking for an immigration lawyer for spousal sponsorship, Matthew Jeffery has over 20 years of experience and specializes in handling spousal or partner sponsorships with high success rates. To see if you qualify for spousal or partner sponsorship, fill out our FREE Sponsorship Assessment form. 

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    Important Things To Know

    In the event of a refusal of a spouse or partner sponsorship application, an appeal may be made. Spousal sponsorship appeals re-address the refusal of a sponsorship application by the immigration authorities in an attempt to sponsor a family member such as a spouse, partner, child or parent for permanent residence in Canada.

    For outside-Canada cases the appeal will proceed before the Immigration Appeal Division, and for inside-Canada cases the appeal will go to the Federal Court. There are strict deadlines for these appeals so action must be taken immediately in the event of a rejection.

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    The dependent children of the spouse or partner must be added to the sponsorship application and, if accompanying, will obtain permanent residence at the same time as their parent. Any child under the age of 22 and unmarried is considered to be a dependent. Non-accompanying children must also be added to the application and examined, including attending medical examinations, in case the spouse or partner wants to sponsor them later after obtaining permanent residence.

    The time it will take the immigration authorities to process a spouse or partner sponsorship application varies according to the immigration office where the application is processing, and fluctuates depending on the office’s work load. The quality of the application will also impact on processing times since every time the immigration authorities require additional information this will result in delays. However, as a general rule, a sponsorship application will take about one year to be completed after being filed.

    One of the concerns of the immigration authorities when assessing sponsorship applications involving spouses or partners is whether the spouse or partner is in a genuine relationship with their Canadian partner or whether they are simply trying to obtain immigration status in Canada. If the immigration authorities believe the relationship not to be genuine, then they will refuse the sponsorship application. In making their assessment of whether the relationship is genuine the immigration authorities will consider various factors such as the duration and quality of the relationship leading up to the marriage or partnership, whether the marriage was conducted in conformity with local norms, and the overall compatibility of the spouses or partners.

    Any criminal conviction that is or could be the equivalent of an indictable offence in Canada will in many cases permanently render a foreign national criminally inadmissible to Canada, meaning that they cannot be sponsored or otherwise enter Canada. This will apply to just about any criminal offence, including relatively minor offences such as impaired driving and shoplifting. A foreign spouse with a criminal record can overcome this inadmissibility by obtaining a pardon or the foreign equivalent of a pardon suspending their criminal record. Another way to overcome the inadmissibility is to make an immigration application for rehabilitation if five years have passed since the day that the criminal sentence was completed. If more than ten years have passed since a single, minor conviction, then the foreign national may be deemed rehabilitated.

    Sponsors will have to pay a fee of $75, while the applicant will need to pay a $475 fee. These fees need to be paid at the time the application is filed. Also, a fee of $500 for the Right of Permanent Residence will also be required once the immigration authorities are ready to finalize the application. This makes the total fee to sponsor your spouse or partner to be $1,050 CAD. It’s recommended that this be paid at the time of your initial application to speed up the processing time.

    No. There is no specific income that’s required of you as the sponsor. The requirement to show a certain level of income only applies to parental or grandparent sponsorship applications. However, the immigration authorities will want to see that the sponsor has the financial capacity to support their spouse or partner once they arrive in Canada. To that end, the sponsor should be employed and have enough income to reasonably support two people, or should have savings or assets to enable them to support their spouse or partner.

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    Success Stories

    Shamil & Nino

    We are happy to have helped Shamil bring Nino into Canada in a professional and smooth immigration process. At the law office or Matthew Jeffery, we strive to help couples like Shamil and Nino fulfill their dream of building their new life together in Canada.

    Elham

    We helped Elham process her husband’s spousal sponsorship application. With so many nuances and varying documents required depending on the country, the application process can get overwhelming. We provided Elham with clear guidance every step of the way and gathering all the necessary documents to ensure success.

    Dominic

    We helped Dominic resolve his Spousal Application which had been pending since September 2015. Dominic, a Nigerian-Canadian residing in Hamilton, Ontario had sought help from four Members of Parliament with the hope that they would influence the CIC to speed up the process, but this did not help. Daniel had also been duped by fraudulent attorneys.

    Kait L Google Review

    My husband and I highly recommend this lawyer office for spousal sponsorship. Special recognition goes to John. All of our questions and concerns were addressed in a timely manner and explained well. Because of them, my husband from Guyana was able to come to Canada to live with me. The process was completed in about 14 months (despite covid delays).
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    Kait L

    Congratulations to this lawyer he did a perfect job during my spousal sponsorship , thanks to God and to Matthew Jeffery I'm with my wife in Canada as PR. I highly recommend this lawyer!!!
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    Simon Song Google Review

    My wife just received her passport request as part of our spousal sponsorship thanks to Mr. Jeffery and his team. We're incredibly relieved and excited! Our case was not a straight forward case and Mr. Jeffery and his team continued to give us hope when my wife and I were feeling hopeless and Mr. Jeffery continued to believe in our case despite setbacks. We are forever thankful to Mr. Jeffery and his team for their support and belief in our case.
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    Tiffany Edwards Google Review

    I'm so glad we found Law Firm of Matthew Jeffery to help my husband through his immigration journey. It's been very reassuring knowing that Matthew was always a phone call away to help ease our fears and guide us on what to expect. His advice was always practical and realistic, and he was able to clearly explain to us what we needed to do. His passion for his work was evident, and I would definitely recommend him to anybody seeking Canadian immigration lawyer.
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