Sponsorship is the easiest way to immigrate to Canada. Your sponsor is responsible for offering financial support for at least three years, depending on your permanent residence application approval. Unfortunately, not many sponsorships go as planned. The sponsor may end up being unable to provide you with financial support, or other gruelling problems arise.
If you find yourself going through a sponsorship breakdown, this guide is here to help you understand the situation better.
What causes a sponsorship breakdown?
If for any reason, your sponsor is unable or unwilling to support your basic needs (food, clothes, medical expenses, and a place of residence), that’s called a sponsorship breakdown. Any of these cases may constitute a sponsorship breakdown:
- You’re allowed to stay in your sponsor’s residence, but you still have to shoulder your other basic needs such as food, clothes, and medical expenses
- Your sponsor kicks you out and refuses to finance your needs
- Your sponsor no longer supports you
- Your sponsor wants to support you but no longer has the means to do so
If your sponsor abuses you, forces you to work without compensation, or to take part in illegal matters (such as prostitution, theft, or drugs) or otherwise makes unacceptable demands, you may decide to leave your sponsor even without their consent.
Will this affect my permanent resident status?
Leaving your sponsor can be hard. Your sponsor might threaten to cancel the sponsorship, but your permanent resident status will not be forfeited even if you leave your sponsor. Even after a sponsorship breakdown, your sponsor cannot withdraw the sponsorship, and your permanent resident status cannot be removed even if you decide to leave your sponsor.
Your sponsor will be responsible for financing you for three years even if your relationship breaks down, and any sponsor should know that sponsoring could be a huge responsibility and can potentially result in a financial loss.
Am I entitled to financial aid?
You may seek social assistance in the case of a sponsorship breakdown.
Your sponsor is required to finance your basic needs for three years, even if you leave her/him. If you do decide to leave and receive social assistance, the government will require your sponsor to pay for it. You may also be entitled to receive spousal or child support from your spouse or partner, but you will need to seek the assistance of a family law practitioner to settle this. Ontario Works may also offer financial support, and they have the Ontario Disability Support Program if you have a disability.
Sponsorships do not always go as planned, and you may face the risk of a sponsorship breakdown in case your sponsor cannot or refuses to provide your basic needs. Fortunately, your permanent resident status will not be affected and you may seek financial assistance in the case of a sponsorship breakdown.
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