It is true that when you’re applying for permanent residency in Canada through Family Class, you do not need to meet specific qualifications or prove your work experience. The process, however, has its fair share of complicated routes. Because of this perceived ease, several myths about the application process arise.
In this article, we’ll share the most common misconceptions about the Canadian Family Class immigration application.
Myth 1: Only those living outside Canada can file an outland application
By definition, the outland application is the request for permanent residency in Canada by people living outside of the country. While it is correct, primary applicants residing in Canada can still use outland application forms and enlist their Canadian residential and mailing addresses if they decide to apply at a visa office outside Canada. They can choose to apply through their home country or from the nearest visa office of their sponsor. In short, the primary applicant can stay either within Canada or outside the country until their application gets finalized.
On the other hand, here are the mandatories when it comes to inland applications. Inland applications refer to the request for permanent residency by those already in Canada, such as employees or students.
- For Canadian citizens – Since they are already residents, they can reside inside or outside Canada during the application process. However, they should have the intention to return and stay in Canada once the visa office finalizes their application.
- For Non-Canadian citizens – The sponsor should be living in Canada throughout the application process to make it valid.
Myth 2: Marriage is a requirement before couples can apply
This myth is false. Marriage isn’t a mandatory requirement. However, the couple must meet the following prerequisites:
- Must be considered common-law for a minimum of one year
- Must share the same home
- Have combined financial affairs
- Supporting each other on an emotional level
- Present themselves as a couple to the public
It is important to note that there are cases when couples can’t live under the same roof for reasons beyond their control, such as immigration, religion, and sexual orientation restrictions. If this is the case, the couple can apply as conjugal partners instead. The minimum requirement is being in a relationship for at least one year.
Myth 3: Sponsors need to meet a minimum financial requirement
During the application process, the visa office will do some financial information check about the sponsor, but Canada does not require a minimum amount of savings or earnings. Sponsorship is possible as long as the sponsor does not receive any social assistance of any kind, except for disability reasons, and the sponsor does not have an immigration loan or family support payments.
Anyone from Canada can sponsor a foreign partner for as long as they accept the obligation of providing the primary financial support for them for up to three years. That includes food, shelter, clothing, and health care. In case the principal applicant has dependent children, the sponsor should also support them.
In case the sponsor cannot fulfill their obligation, they can claim government support during the three years. However, they are required to repay the assistance.
Myth 4: The process would be easier if the couple gets married before the application
The application for all: married, conjugal, or common-law partners is technically the same. They would all still need to prove the legitimacy of their relationship. The only thing that would be different is the requirements they need to submit. Therefore, unlike what the rumours say, getting married one month before applying is not a gateway to permanent residency.
Canada is a beautiful country to live in with your partner. If your dream is to become a permanent resident and live together with your partner, know that it is possible. The easiest way to immigrate to Canada is to familiarize yourself with the requirements and the process and to work with Canada immigration consultants who understand what they’re doing.
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