An easy way to enter Canada is through Spousal Sponsorship application, a critical component of Canada’s immigration system. As part of its Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023, Canada expects to accept 80,000 new immigrants each year via the Spousal, Partner, and Children category.
According to government estimates, most of these immigrants will come to Canada as the wives and partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
During the pandemic, travel and social distancing restrictions slowed down the processing of Spousal Sponsorship applications significantly. However, once COVID-19 has been contained, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) should be able to get its processing standards back on schedule.
Please see the following information if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who wishes to sponsor an individual for immigration to Canada.
An Overview of the Sponsorship Procedure
The spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal Canadian citizen’s permanent resident partner can sponsor permanent residency status.
IRCC must approve the sponsor and sponsored person and must show to CIC that their relationship fits into one of the following categories (note that Canada accepts same-sex relationships):
- Common-law partner
- Conjugal partner
Who Is Eligible to Sponsor?
Canadian citizens and permanent residents who satisfy the following conditions may be eligible to sponsor a Spousal Sponsorship application:
- They are over the age of 18.
- They are Canadian citizens or permanent residents or registered as Indians in Canada under the Canadian Indian Act. Canadian nationals residing abroad must show CIC that they want to dwell in Canada with their partner once they become permanent residents. To be eligible to sponsor, permanent residents must be residing in Canada.
- They demonstrate that they do not receive social help unless they are disabled.
- They can meet the sponsored person’s financial requirements.
Who Is Eligible to Be Sponsored?
Sponsorships are available for any of the three organizations listed below. All sponsored individuals must be at least 18 years old to participate:
- Spouse: Must be legally married to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
- Common-law partner: If not legally married, the partner must have lived with the sponsor for 12 months to be eligible.
- Conjugal partner: a partner who is not legally married to the sponsor but has been in a relationship with the sponsor for at least one year and resides outside of Canada and cannot marry the sponsor may be recognized by the IRCC. There are various reasons why marriage may not be feasible, including cultural, religious, and legal considerations.
How to Apply for Spousal Sponsorship
The (IRCC) requires that two applications be filed simultaneously at the same time: the sponsorship application and the permanent residency application. Before you begin this process yourself, you can also seek the help of an immigration agency to guide you.
Step 1: Determine whether or not you are eligible to be a sponsor.
Step 2: Download and install the IRCC’s application package.
Step 3: Complete the online payment process on the IRCC’s website. Processing costs, a charge for obtaining a right of permanent residency, and biometrics fees are all usual expenses.
Step 4: Combine the two applications and mail them to the IRCC.
The Responsibilities After Approval
Once the CIC has approved their application, they will require the couple to complete some particular responsibilities:
- Sponsors are responsible for their loved one’s financial well-being for a minimum of three years.
- Sponsored individuals are not permitted to support another person for five years after they have received funding.
A spousal interview in Canada is not routinely conducted, so long as there is ample proof of the couple’s ongoing relationship and no contradictions or ambiguity in the paperwork presented.
Interviews are only conducted to evaluate an application thoroughly. These interviews can assist in authenticating applicants’ identities and relationships to sponsors or other family members and answer issues regarding their eligibility.
If you want to know more about legal entry into Canada, you can contact us at Bright Immigration. We specialize in all kinds of visa applications, including Spousal Sponsorship. We are a trusted immigration consultant in Toronto. Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-404-8472. Spousal sponsorship information on this page has been updated for the year 2021.