Spousal sponsorship and immigration in Canada
There are many ways of becoming a permanent resident of Canada. Permanent residents are not Canadian citizens, but they have many rights that other types of immigrants in Canada do not get, like being able to live and work anywhere in Canada as well as leaving and re-entering Canada with ease.
One way to become a permanent resident of Canada is to marry a Canadian or a permanent resident of Canada, who can then sponsor you for permanent residency.
This is called spousal sponsorship, and common-law spouses and sometimes conjugal partners can also apply for this immigration stream.
Becoming a sponsor to sponsor a spouse to Canada
But spousal sponsorship is not an easy process. Immigration marriage fraud has made it so that the government scrutinizes all spousal sponsorship applications very heavily, and it has become extra difficult to find success.
If you are planning on sponsoring a spouse to Canada, you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is over the age of 19 and who has the financial means to support your spouse when they arrive in Canada.
To be a sponsor, you will have to sign a sponsorship agreement with the Canadian government that is legally binding. This means that if your spouse were to leave and ended up on social assistance, you would have to repay that money to the government.
If you wish to sponsor your spouse to come to Canada, please contact our immigration law firm for assistance. We can help you! We have helped many couples reunite in Canada and know what it takes to have a successful application.
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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