The process of sponsoring your common-law partner or spouse for Canadian immigration is different for when he or she is already living with you in the country and when they are abroad.
This is where the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in-Canada class comes in, which is applicable for permanent residents and Canadian citizens who live together in Canada and want that long-term.
In this article, your trusted immigration consultant in Toronto will break down to you the information that you need to know if you want to apply for this type of sponsorship:
Are You Eligible for This Sponsorship?
If you are 18 years of age or older, a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a Registered Indian, you can sponsor your spouse or common-law partner. You also need proof that you are able to provide both of your basic needs. Keep in mind that your eligibility can be affected by specific conditions, such as if you have been convicted of any crime before.
Your partner should have valid immigration status as a visitor, a student, or a worker in Canada. This is also the class they should apply under if they intend to get an Open Permit so that they can work while waiting for the processing of their application. Note that the federal government will do some background checks, and you must be able to prove that your relationship is genuine. As such, you must have proof of communication documents ready, including records of email and text exchanges, social media interaction, and letters, among others.
What Do You Need to Prepare for the Process?
You can ask your immigration consultant about the application guide and all the documents that must be prepared for the process. When you have completed all the requirements, only then can you submit the application. If you are unable to include all of the requested documents indicated on the checklist, you must provide a valid explanation why the document cannot be submitted. Otherwise, your application may be considered incomplete and rejected.
How Long Will the Processing Take?
You have to patiently wait for the application to be processed by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) because it can take around 12 months. That’s already including the two to three months of waiting while the application is verified to be complete.
During the process, your spouse or partner may be required to submit their biometrics. Once you receive a request for this, you must send them in within 30 days. Your spouse may also be invited for an in-person interview at any given time. Besides that, you should expect a request for a medical examination as well.
The process may take a while, but the good thing is that CIC lets you track your application status online.
What Are the Final Steps?
As soon as the immigration department decides the result of your sponsorship application, you will get detailed instructions on what your spouse or common-law partner should do as the final steps to becoming a permanent resident.
Your partner will have to go to the designated port of entry, where an immigration officer will meet them for an interview. Once done, they will be given specific instructions on what documents they must prepare, where they’ll conduct the interview, and when. This landing interview will be the last one to be undertaken before your partner is granted a permanent resident card. When that’s finished, you only need to wait for your partner’s permanent resident card that you’ll receive in the mail.
The whole idea of applying for sponsorship like this can be daunting when you do it yourself. The process may be a little different from when you’re sponsoring someone from other countries, but it’s still quite a complex process. Because of this, you will benefit from getting assistance from an immigration consultant like Bright Immigration to help you with all the paperwork you need to complete for the sponsorship application.
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