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Can I sponsor a fiance through Family Class Sponsorship?

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I am a Canadian citizen that comes from a traditional Indian family. My family has arranged for me to wed a childhood friend who current lives in India. Although our family’s are still in negotiation, I’d like to sponsor her to come over before the marriage so that we can become better acquainted. Can I sponsor a fiance through Family Class Sponsorship?

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    Hi and thank you for your question.

    Unfortunately, you would not be able to sponsor your fiancée through the Family Class Sponsorship Stream.

    Only the following members of the family class may be sponsored:
    spouses, common-law or conjugal partners 16 years of age or older;
    parents and grandparents;
    dependent children, including adopted children;
    children under 18 years of age whom you intend to adopt;
    children under guardianship; or
    brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces or grandchildren who are orphans; under the age of 18 and not married or in a common-law relationship.

    When you and your fiancée get married, at the point you will be able to submit a sponsorship application.

    It would be best to contact an immigration expert PRIOR to getting married, so you can prepare your application properly, as there may be different application streams available to you.

    I hope this information was helpful.

    Steven Snider - Feb 06, 2014 | Reply

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