This year the Canadian government has made a commitment to family reunification by facilitating sponsorship and placing more emphasis on the importance of family. This year Canada plans to welcome between 280,000 and 305,000 new permanent residents, many of them are expected to be in the family class. If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent residents of Canada, you may be eligible to sponsor a member of your immediate family, including your spouse, common law, conjugal partner, dependent children, parent, and grandparent.
Being a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, you’re allowed to bring your foreign partner with you to live in the country and get permanent residency. This is called spousal sponsorship. To be eligible for spousal relationship, here are the pre-requisites:
The person must be at least 18 years old and should have a permanent residency in Canada. The person sponsoring must sign a financial agreement to state the he has enough finances to take care of spouse for a period of three years.
If sponsorship comes in the form of marriage, Canadian immigration authorities will validate it as long as the marriage was legally performed and it complies with the existing laws of Canada. Party needs to present a valid certificate of marriage to verify the claim.
You may also apply for a sponsorship if you are living in common-law partnership. Common law partnership is a condition where two adults have been living together in a marriage-like relationship continuously for one year. This relationship is as valid as a traditional marriage in terms of legality and immigration.
The downside of the arrangement is that the sponsorship process is more complicated because couple needs to provide evidence in the form of shared bills or a lease or rental agreement with the names of both parties.
When you sponsor member of your family there are requirements you must meet including a financial obligation.
Please contact BRIGHT Immigration and speak directly with one of our immigration representatives about your specific circumstances and whether you may be eligible to sponsor your relatives or if they meet the requirements under the Family Class.
Spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partners, dependents children
Parents, grandparents, and their dependent children,
Siblings (this may vary)
Nephews, nieces, grandchildren, under 18, and orphaned
Any relatives, if the sponsor is alone in Canada and has no other family members to sponsor