Canada has one of the highest annual immigration rates in the world. An average of 300,000 new immigrants enter every year, and over 21% (8 million) of its permanent residents are composed of immigrants.
The Canadian government offers many immigration programs depending on your employment, education, and family connections. Spousal sponsorship is also possible for eligible parties.
If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and you want to sponsor your spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner located in Hong Kong, you can choose between Outland and Inland sponsorship.
Canadian spousal immigration requirements include:
Above 18 years of age
Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person registered under the Canadian Indian Act
You are a Canadian citizen planning to return to Canada
You are not receiving social assistance (with the exception of disability)
You can provide for the basic needs of you and your spouse or partner (housing, utilities, food, clothing, medical expenses)
You can financially support your partner
Your partner will not require social assistance
You will be disqualified if:
You sponsored a previous spouse in the last three years
You are going through bankruptcy
You fail to pay an immigration loan
You are charged with a violent crime
Persons born in the People’s Republic of China since 1996 must submit a notarized copy of the original Medical Certificate of Birth issued by the Ministry of Health of the People’s Republic of China.
If you hold a passport from Hong Kong, you and your family members included in the sponsorship application must provide a household register (“hukou”) and proof of marital status for children 16 years old and older.
Common-Law Relationship Requirements
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) defines a common-law partner as someone you have lived with for at least 12 consecutive months in a marriage-like relationship.
To prove the duration and nature of your partnership, you will need to submit the following:
Relationship Information and Sponsorship Evaluation Questionnaire
Documents (employment or insurance benefits) that prove you are recognized as common-law partners
Proof of shared expenses
Proof of your relationships (photos, communication, social media)
An outland sponsorship application is for couples wherein the sponsored person lives in Hong Kong, and the sponsor lives in Canada. If the sponsored person has a Canadian visa, he or she may be allowed to enter Canada. As the process goes on, the Canadian partner should remain in Canada.
If your sponsored partner is staying in Canada and has status as a worker, student, or visitor, you can apply for inland sponsorship. The couple must live together in Canada throughout the processing period.
If the sponsored partner is a Hong Kong resident that has graduated with a Canadian post-secondary diploma or degree in the last five years, he or she will be able to apply for new open work permits valid for up to 3 years.
The application process requires submitting two applications at once: the application to sponsor your partner and your partner’s permanent residence application. Once fees have been paid and all supporting documents are submitted, the processing period begins.
Spousal sponsorship applications are generally processed within 12 months. The CIC may ask for more documents or an in-person interview anytime within the processing period.
If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you can sponsor your spouse to immigrate from Hong Kong to Canada. You will need to prove the length of your relationship and your ability to support your spouse or partner financially once they start living in Canada.
A Canada immigration agency will help you through every step of your spousal sponsorship application.
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