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.