If you’re worried about your spousal and common-law sponsorship applications being unable to reach the Canadian government because of the virus, then breathe in a sigh of relief. The good news is, if you’ve been trying to get your partner or yourself into Canada, the government is still accepting applications, despite applications being hindered by the virus.
To assist those trying to get into the country during this trying time, the Canadian government has addressed a few concerns, such as travel restrictions and the like. Here are some of them:
1. They will accept incomplete applications
While this shouldn’t be an excuse for you to start sending incomplete applications, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has pointed out that they will accept incomplete applications for the time being. This is because they believe some documents will either be extremely hard to obtain or unobtainable for now.
If you do send an incomplete application for legitimate reasons, do note that your application will be kept for approximately 90 days. During this time, you will be asked to try and get all the documents you need for a complete application. Otherwise, by the 60-day mark, you will be reminded by the CIC to get the missing documents within an additional 90 days.
2. You’re exempted from travel restrictions
As part of Canada’s efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, travel restrictions were set in place. However, those of Canadian citizenship or PR (permanent residence) are still able to travel back into the country. As for common-law and spousal partners, they’re also exempted from the rule, meaning that they can still enter Canada.
If you or your partner is in this situation and need to travel back to Canada, identification and supporting documents to evidence the connection between the travelling parties and an immediate family member in Canada is essential. These documents can include a birth certificate, a marriage certificate, a PR card, a Canadian passport, and anything else that’ll prove your connection to the country.
Do note that if you do travel by air, you will need to pass a health check. Also, the standard tourist visa or any other type of authorization to travel and enter the country is still required.
3. Social assistance won’t render you ineligible to be a sponsor
Previously, it was deemed that sponsors collecting social support weren’t allowed to sponsor a common-law or spousal application. However, with the pandemic ongoing, there are some benefits that you might be receiving from the government in which you will still be able to sponsor. Examples of this benefit include child-care subsidies, tax credits, and other types of benefits that are available to the residents of the state or country.
With this article, we hope that we’ve answered some of your questions or concerns regarding the Spousal Immigration Sponsorships. In essence, even with the pandemic, you’ll still be able to apply for a spousal or common-law partnership application to get you or your loved one into Canada.
If you’re having trouble gathering documents to apply for such or need help in doing so, feel free to work with any immigration agency. They’ll assist you in bringing you and your partner together in Canada.
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