Spousal Sponsorship and Extending Your Time Immigrate


Recently, clients of mine were approved to immigrate to Canada under the spousal sponsorship program. However, they were unable to arrange their personal affairs in order to cross the border into to Canada by the deadline set by CIC (note that you need to enter Canada by a certain date after approval to complete the permanent residence process).

The deadline passed and my clients were advised to begin the process again, including payment of all application fees once again.

However, after a request for reconsideration, the Visa officer agreed to allow my clients the opportunity to take their medicals once again. Why is this important? The date an applicant is required to enter Canada is usually one year from the date of the medical exam. Taking another medical exam extends the period of entry another year.

An additional year was sufficient for my clients to arrange their affairs and enter Canada without having to apply again.

So if you are having difficulty entering Canada by your specified date, ask the Visa officer if you can take your medicals again to extend the time period by one year.

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Gianpaolo Panusa Gianpaolo Panusa is a Canadian immigration lawyer, writer, and founder of the PanCanadian Immigration Law Group based in Vancouver, Canada. Google+ Profile