Immigration to Canada via marriage
Immigrating to Canada through marriage is called spousal sponsorship. The spousal sponsorship program in Canada is a great way for families to be reunited in Canada, whether they are married couples, conjugal partners or common-law spouses.
But the government of Canada has recently launched an ad campaign against immigration marriage fraud, and a few instances of immigration marriage fraud have meant that the government is tightening their rules regarding spousal sponsorship applications. If you want to sponsor a spouse to Canada, you should speak with a licensed immigration lawyer to make sure that you are eligible and that the process will go smoothly.
Qualifications to sponsor your spouse to Canada
Sponsors need to meet certain requirements in order to be able to sponsor their spouse to Canada. First, they must be at least age 19 and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident themselves. In addition, if they are a permanent resident who has been sponsored themselves, they must wait five years before they can sponsor someone else.
The person who is applying to sponsor their spouse needs to not be bankrupt, in prison, or under a deportation or removal order.
One of the most important requirements for the sponsor is that they are able to support their spouse financially. This means that they will have to demonstrate that they have enough of an income to be able to support their spouse and their children if they have any.
The Spousal Sponsorship program requires that the sponsor sign an agreement with the government that states they are responsible for their spouse.
In addition, new requirements state that the sponsored spouse will only have conditional permanent residence status when they immigrate to Canada if the couple is newly married, and that the sponsored spouse must remain living with their sponsor for two years after they arrive otherwise they could lose their status.
About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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