Many people come to us with questions about how to sponsor their spouse, common-law or conjugal partner to Canada. Spousal sponsorship cases are one of the most popular applications we handle and I can tell you we have seen it all.
Love knows no borders, countries or distance. People meet online, on cruises, though long distance family connections or just through random chance. But when a connection occurs and here is a separation though geography, then the question of sponsorship becomes an issue.
If you intend to sponsor your spouse in Canada, you should educate yourself about the process involved. It can get complicated and costly. You have to plan ahead and be prepared for the unexpected. The rules and procedures for sponsorship applications are always changing. We have written extensively on the topic and keeping up with the changing law can be challenging. Getting help with your sponsorship application is smart. After all you are moving people cross borders. Nothing can be more important than getting it right!
1. Go online. You can seek information about the spousal sponsorship process online. I recommend this but proceed with caution. There is a lot of misinformation out there so it is very difficult at times to separate the good from the bad. But going online to educate yourself about the process is recommended.
2. Seek out professional help: If you are serious about starting the application process, you should find a qualified immigration lawyer or immigration consultant to represent you. The reality is that despite what the Canadian government says, the process is complicated and even minor mistakes can cost you refusals and delays. It just isn’t worth it in my opinion to go it alone.
3. Buy an “immigration do-it-yourself kit”: As the saying goes “you get what you pay for”. I could end it there but if you think that by downloading an immigration kit and paying under $100.00 will cut it, you are in for a rude awaking. The reality is that these immigration kits are really just organized info packages of material already online for free. Further, no kit can be customized to your situation, no kit can give you individual advise especially when things go wrong. In my view, avoid them.
If you decide to seek professional help, you can search out an immigration lawyer by searching the internet for a reputable law firm (we think we are one 🙂 , ask for references read their reviews and of course have action before hiring them. Of course there is no guarantees with any case but you should do your homework before signing on with any services including immigration services. Once you decide on a lawyer, make sure you have them prepare a retainer agreement that you and that lawyer sign that outlines all the terms and conditions of the matter including costs. This way you know what to expect and are protected in case something goes wrong.
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