One of the most important aspects of Canadian immigration is spousal immigration. Through spousal immigration alone, thousands of people enter Canadian soil in hopes of becoming a permanent resident and a Canadian citizen. That being said, only those who are citizens or residents of the country can sponsor their spouses. This means that if neither are citizens or permanent residents of the country, the couple cannot apply for spousal immigration.
If you do satisfy that requirement, you might have other concerns that need to be answered before you commit to the program. We will tackle as many questions regarding spousal immigration as possible to ready you for application!
What options are available to me?
There are various options you can take under spousal immigration, depending on your current situation.
The first would be spousal, where you are married to your partner, and one of you is a citizen or permanent resident of the country. The second will be conjugal partners, where you live with your partner as if you are married but are not. Under this circumstance, you need to prove that you are in a relationship with your partner and demonstrate why you could not marry or stay together. The reasons can be anything from religious concerns to marital status. The third will be common-law partners, where you have been living together for at least a year but are not married.
If you fall into any of the above, you can go through with spousal immigration. Just note that the documents required for each might differ slightly, so some research is important to ensure you have the right documents to present for a successful application.
How long does processing take?
Generally, the application can take up to a year to process, although some are completed in half of that. However, with the ongoing pandemic, processing times can take longer.
What happens if I am missing documents?
If you are missing any documents required by the sponsorship, you will need to provide similar documents and explain why you could not get the required documents.
Do I need police and medical clearance?
If you are the sponsor, your partner will require such clearances, along with other family members coming into the country. If you are getting sponsored, you are the one who will need the clearances.
Can same-sex couples apply for the program?
Yes, same-sex couples can apply for the program. They also enjoy equal chances for successful application as opposite-sex couples. This is because Canada is welcoming to the LGBTQ community, meaning that same-sex couples can enter the country without worry that their relationship will hurt their chances.
Canada has plenty of programs that allow immigrants to enter the country and get the chance to become permanent residents and even citizens. For spouses, the spousal immigration programs have been a god-send to allow loved ones to finally reunite on Canadian soil.
If you are having trouble applying for such a program, do not hesitate to contact an immigration expert or find help from an immigration agency. They will help you collect all the documents, ensuring that everything is present and accurate to give you the best chances of success!