Permanent Residents: When Can I Sponsor My Spouse?

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Permanent Residents: When Can I Sponsor My Spouse?

When couples go through the immigration process, they often ask their agent how long one should wait before they can sponsor their spouse. This is a valid and common question that maybe you are interested in knowing the answer to.

Over the years, the answer to the question has changed alongside the people in charge of the country. However, Canada has been working on obtaining permanent residence for 70,000 new immigrants under its spousal, partner, and children’s family class sponsorship. And this is all because of the Canadian government’s priority on family reunification. 

Although spousal sponsorship processing has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are certain policies and measures that the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that could help you move forward. Additionally, working with an immigration consultant will help you have a smoother and easier application process.

If you want to submit a sponsorship application, keep reading. In this article, we’ll discuss how long you should be a permanent resident before you can sponsor your spouse. Let’s get to it!

5-year waiting period for new residents

In 2012, the Canadian government implemented a lengthy wait for additional sponsorship for people who have obtained permanent residency. Meaning, those who have recently earned permanent residence will need to wait 5 years before sponsoring their spouse. 

The reason this policy was put into place was to act as an obstacle for those who’d like to try to abuse the sponsorship program by getting married and using weddings as an easy ticket to Canada. Additionally, this law also applies to various relationship statuses, such as common-law, conjugal partners, and traditional spouses. 

But what if you’re going through a divorce and meet a new partner you’d like to sponsor? It works the same way; you’ll have to go through the waiting period and prove this new relationship to the authorities. 

Since the waiting period is long, and the process may get complicated, you should work with a reliable immigration consultant to guide you through the application and waiting period. This way, complications and problems may be reduced. 

Reduction of the waiting period

Another thing you should note for sponsorship is that there is an additional waiting period for sponsored spouses who arrive in Canada. So aside from the waiting period for permanent residents wanting to sponsor a spouse, the government has also required a 2-year stay as part of permanent residency conditions. 

But because these conditions weren’t practical and many activists and immigration experts were against these new policies, the conditional permanent status was removed from the requirements in 2016. With that, the government has been working on cutting the processing and waiting time by half. 

More reductions on the horizon

Although there are no recent changes in the 5-year waiting period, removing the system’s conditional program is one of the best changes that happened in Canadian’s immigration. This way, the government will think of better methods to prevent marriage fraud from getting citizenship.

Some lawyers suggested that instead of a lengthy waiting period, a proxy marriage executed via phone or online may have a more substantial effect on testing the patience of fraudsters.

Additionally, Canadian immigration is also aware of the processing times for paperwork and has pledged to reduce the waiting time for applications and make it more efficient and practical for many people. 

Conclusion

Now that you’re aware of the waiting period allotted for new permanent residents and spousal sponsorships, you have a better overview of how the process works, allowing you to create your timeline. If you’re planning to sponsor your spouse soon, you should work with a reliable immigration consultant to guide you through this lengthy process. 

If you are looking for professional help from a trusted firm, please contact us at info@brightimmigration.com or call 1-888-404-8472.

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