After obtaining permanent residency in Canada, the next logical step would be to sponsor your spouse and your other relatives. An immigration agency can assist you in the lengthy and tedious process, but handling the application all on your own is also a possibility. Whatever the case is, your spousal sponsorship application is not an easy shoo-in. There are a number of factors that may result in a denial.
Here’s why your spousal sponsorship may be refused:
Ineligible to Sponsor
Just because you have permanent Canadian residence does not automatically make you eligible to sponsor your family members. In order to qualify, you must first fulfill the minimum requirements for becoming a sponsor. You must be an adult residing or intending to reside in Canada post-completion of the sponsorship process, and you must meet the minimum income requirements for the three taxation years preceding the application should you decide to sponsor anyone other than your spouse or dependent children. Other requirements include not defaulting on loans, having a clean criminal record, not failing to provide for the basic needs of a sponsored family member in the past, and not receiving social assistance.
Ineligible to be Sponsored
Aside from the sponsor, the family member being sponsored must also fulfill basic eligibility requirements. That includes being an actual family member (fiances don’t count), not being a security risk, having a clean criminal record, and not having significant health problems.
Sponsor Living Outside of Canada
If the sponsor or permanent resident is residing outside of Canada, their application may be denied. The sponsorship application will only be approved if the sponsor proves their intent to live in Canada once the sponsored family member obtains permanent residence.
Undeclared Family Members
In the permanent residence application of the main sponsor, they must have declared all their family remembers, including the ones they do not intend to sponsor. Failure to report a specific family member will render them ineligible for permanent residency through sponsorship even if the permanent resident wants to sponsor them in the future. What’s more, the omission can also adversely impact the sponsor’s status as a permanent resident.
Misrepresentation in the Application Form
Everyone involved in the sponsorship application, including the sponsor and the sponsored family members, is lawfully mandated to provide accurate information in the application. Any misrepresentation, whether accidental or deliberate, may result in denial.
The application process involves comprehensive submissions related to personal information, nature of the relationship, financial situation, health and medical exams, character certificate, and other pertinent data. So, it’s the sponsor and the sponsored relative’s responsibility to ensure that every information submitted to the immigration authorities is true and accurate, as well as backed by documentary evidence to support the claims.
The process of sponsoring a family member is a complex affair. If you want the burden to be taken off your shoulders, it would be worth it to hire an immigration consultant. If you’re based in Toronto and are planning to sponsor your spouse and dependent children to gain permanent residence in Canada, get in touch with our immigration consultants today!