Immigration to Canada through marriage
Marriage to a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada is one way to become a permanent resident of Canada yourself. Family reunification programs are an important part of the Canadian immigration system, because they allow families to reunite in Canada. This is especially vital to couples who want to live in Canada, including common-law spouses and conjugal partners.
Spousal sponsorship applications in Canada are under a high level of scrutiny, especially now that the Canadian government has launched an ad campaign against marriage fraud for immigration purposes. This is why it is especially important to ensure that you seek professional assistance with your spousal sponsorship application.
How can I qualify for spousal sponsorship?
In order to qualify to sponsor your spouse to come to Canada as a permanent resident, you will have to meet several requirements.
You must be a permanent resident of Canada or Canadian citizen and if you yourself were sponsored to Canada by a spouse (who you’ve since split from) you must wait five years to sponsor someone else.
You must also be over the age of 19 and be living in Canada with no problems such as being in prison, bankrupt or under a removal order.
One of the most primary components of the spousal sponsorship program is the “sponsorship” aspect. You must be able to show that you have the income to provide for your spouse and any of their dependents financially. You will also have to sign a sponsorship agreement with the government of Canada that states you will support your spouse, and this is a legally binding agreement. For instance, if your spouse were to abandon you and go on social assistance, you would be on the hook to repay it.
Spousal sponsorship is a wonderful program, but a few rare instances of marriage fraud have led to every one of these applications being much harder. Please contact us for assistance with your spousal sponsorship application – you’ll be glad you did!
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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