The Process of Application for Partner Sponsorship in Canada
If you’re a Canadian citizen and are interested in sponsoring your partner into Canada, you’ll need to have some important information and follow a particular process.
First, let’s look at who is eligible to apply.
Who Can Apply for Partner 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 if you are a permanent resident.
● You have to prove that you have the financial means to provide for a partner 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 partner 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.
● You have already applied for a spousal sponsorship that hasn’t been decided upon yet.
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 partner who is already a Canadian citizen applies to become a sponsor.
● After the sponsorship approval is obtained, the non-Canadian partner applies for permanent residence based on this sponsorship.
Communication with the immigration authorities is generally written, though a face-to-face interview could be required.
The process of partner 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.