Canadian Common-Law Sponsorship Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make

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Canadian Common-Law Sponsorship Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make

When relocating your spouse or common-law partner to a territory unfamiliar to them, some mistakes are forgivable. However, the case isn’t always so when it comes to a sponsorship application. Even seemingly innocuous missteps can result in severe delays and even rejections that can put your relationship at risk. Avoid the following application mistakes to see your spouse’s Toronto immigration to success. 

Mistake 1 – Doing Without Recent Entry Stamps and a Flight Itinerary

Most diligent visitors will request a stamp on their passport from the CBSA to prove temporary status in Canada. However, aloof applicants may forget—but don’t jump to conclusions. If your spouse is without a CBSA stamp, they can provide a copy of their flight itinerary and explain why they can’t demonstrate an entry stamp. 

Remember, for your spouse to become eligible for a two-year open work permit in Canada, they must be able to demonstrate valid temporary status in Canada as a visitor or student. 

Mistake 2 – Skimping on the Family Information Form

Suppose your spouse is relocating without their dependents in tow—it doesn’t mean they can leave them out of the application. Ensure that the principal applicant lists step-children, step-siblings, and half-siblings on their IMM5406 form. 

Mistake 3 – Not Listing Native Languages

A few common languages that don’t utilize the Latin alphabet are as follows:

  • Chinese
  • Vietnamese
  • Russian
  • Urdu
  • Hindu

If your native language encompasses any of those listed above, ensure that you list all family members in your local tongue. If necessary, you can hand-write these names in a printed form. 

Mistake 4 – Listing an Incomplete Employment and Address History

There are many reasons an immigration agency can deem an IMM5532 Relationship Information Form incomplete—this includes leaving gaps in employment and address history or not tracing back far enough. Even month-long gaps are enough to mark an application incomplete. Thus, ensure that your spouse lists unemployment periods in between roles. 

Mistake 5 –   Leaving Out Application Refusals in the Schedule A Form

No matter the reason for previous rejections, any instances must be listed on the Schedule A IMM5669 Form. Any failure to disclose such information can potentially result in misrepresentation, which often leads to a 5-year ban from permanent residency. 

Mistake 6 – Failing to Meet Translation Requirements

If English isn’t your spouse’s native language, nor can they afford to have documents translated inside Canada, you must ensure that they align with Canadian government requirements. The best way to avoid translation issues is to work closely with a certified Canadian translator.

Mistake 7 – Underestimating How Much Proof You Need

Proving your common-law partnership isn’t as straightforward as providing a scrapbook rife with movie tickets and photographs. You must also prove that you have lived together for at least a year with a formal lease or authentication letter from your previous landlord. 

Conclusion

Immigration refusals can become incredibly disheartening, but you’ll know what to avoid the second time around. As a rule of thumb, never underestimate the amount of information you’ll need to provide—better to give too much than too little. 

At Bright Immigration, we work tirelessly to ensure that your spouse’s immigration to Canada is complete and accurate. If you’re looking for professional help from a trusted firm, please contact us at info@brightimmigration.com or call 1-888-404-8472.

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