If you have a common-law relationship with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or are thinking of getting married in the near future, you might have considered applying for a spousal sponsorship. Getting married to a Canadian doesn’t guarantee the same residency status as your spouse, which is why applying for this process is important.
You must be familiar with the expectations of applicants, common pitfalls people fall in, and other tips that will increase your chances of getting approved. Even if your relationship is legitimate and you love your partner very much, you still stand a chance of rejection if you fail to make the State recognize that.
Here are some things to remember when submitting a spousal sponsorship application.
1. Secure documents before completing the application
Updated application forms are non-negotiable. Avoid starting off the application process by downloading your forms because it can take time to put everything together. By the time you finally submit your application, you may find that your forms are no longer valid. For example, if you download your forms in January, and you finish collecting all the documentation in March, your form will be outdated.
Work on collecting all your evidence first, like proofs of employment, letters of support, photos, explanation letters, and government documents. After you have all the documents you need, you can fill up your forms and prepare the latest versions of the official application forms for filing.
2. Collect the right evidence to prove your relationship
You must provide concrete evidence of your relationship. Being married is not enough; you must provide evidence that you live together and spend time together. If you do not live together, you can show proof that you are in constant contact, that you visit each other, and have support from family and friends. You can also show proof that is in line with your customs and traditions.
Having children together or appearing on one marriage certificate will not pass as proof for spousal immigration in Canada. Officers will look for other evidence that you have a relationship with each other.
3. Cover all possible sources of questions
Know which parts of your application would raise questions. If you are aware of what your application looks like from the point of view of an immigration officer, you will be able to prepare an explanation letter. Explain the weaknesses in an open, and upfront manner.
For example, if you don’t have proof that you are living together, discuss the reasons why you don’t in a way that makes sense in the context of your culture or religious beliefs. Lack of evidence won’t necessarily lead to a rejection, as long as it is framed by your circumstances.
Leaving something out of your letter or being vague about it will make your case weaker and can cause delays or denials. The officer might ask for additional documents if you don’t provide the evidence, or they might outright reject your application if your claims are not supported.
4. Be thorough in your preparation
Details matter, especially in your application checklist. For example, your letter of employment must be an original and not a copy. Other requirements like your sponsor’s Notice of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency must be the latest version.
Don’t forget to include requirements like criminal record checks and federal police clearances, and get the right kind. Some countries have state clearances; though these can serve for employment purposes in your country, it will not do for residency applications in Canada.
Fees must be paid in full, and with the receipt printed and included in the package.
Applying for permanent residency is a long process, but being with your partner in Canada will be worth the trouble. To ensure a smooth transition to your new life, you must seek the assistance of a Toronto-based immigration consultant.
If you’re looking for professional help with your Canada spousal sponsorship application, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-404-8472.