Spousal Sponsorship – Canada Immigration Lawyers and Information https://immigrationcanada.pro Tue, 08 Jan 2019 16:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 You Can Move to Canada to Be With Your Spouse or Partner by December 2019: Limited Time Offer https://immigrationcanada.pro/spousal-sponsorship/you-can-move-to-canada-to-be-with-your-spouse-or-partner-by-december-2019/ https://immigrationcanada.pro/spousal-sponsorship/you-can-move-to-canada-to-be-with-your-spouse-or-partner-by-december-2019/#respond Wed, 07 Nov 2018 16:00:48 +0000 https://immigrationcanada.pro/?p=12940 Do you want to move to Canada to be with your spouse? Are you married to or in love with a Canadian? Do you want to move to Canada to finally be together?  Ackah Law is offering a 15% discount on all Spousal Sponsorship applications from Nov 1 – Dec 31 2018 Follow your heart...

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Do you want to move to Canada to be with your spouse? Are you married to or in love with a Canadian? Do you want to move to Canada to finally be together? 

Ackah Law is offering a 15% discount
on all Spousal Sponsorship applications

from Nov 1 – Dec 31 2018
Follow your heart all the way to Canada! 

 

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The spousal sponsorship process averages less than one year.

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What is Spousal Sponsorship?

The Family Class Application (Spousal Sponsorship path) is a way for a permanent resident or citizen of Canada to sponsor their spouse or common-law partner (including same-sex partner) to immigrate to Canada and become a permanent resident. Canada strongly supports family reunification and keeping families together whenever possible. The processing of Family Class applications is given a high priority by IRCC.

Per Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) family sponsorship regulations, you can sponsor a spouse or partner to become a permanent resident of Canada if:

  • You are a Canadian citizen, registered in Canada as an Indian, or a permanent resident of Canada
  • You’re 18 years old or older
  • You live in Canada
  • You can prove you have enough income to provide basic needs for your spouse or partner’s dependent children.
  • You are not disqualified to sponsor a spouse by IRCC.

Per IRCC the requirements to be sponsored are:

  • The sponsored person must be at least 18 years of age.
  • The relationship with the sponsor must be real, and not just to become a permanent resident of Canada.

How to Sponsor Your Spouse to Move to Canada

This application to move to Canada to be with your spouse or partner has the best chance to be successful with the help of a knowledgeable and experienced immigration professional. They can help you to understand any points of confusion or overcome any issues that may pose a challenge to the application process. You can find the application packages at the IRCC web pages for spouses in Canada and those outside of the country. The Canadian government investigates allegations of marriage fraud and convenience for immigration reasons, which is a crime in Canada.

To qualify for a visa to move to Canada through the spousal sponsorship immigration program, the sponsor and sponsored person must prove that their relationship qualifies under one of three categories:

  • Spouse
  • Common-law Partner
  • Conjugal Partner

NOTE: Canada recognizes same-sex marriage, and same-sex partners may be eligible to apply under any of the above three categories, provided they meet all eligibility requirements.

Step 1 – You must then apply to serve as a sponsor. This is a two-stage process that begins with your application to the Case Processing Center (CPC).

  • There is an application for spouses already living in Canada (Inland Sponsorship) as well as a separate application for spouses living outside of the country (Outland Sponsorship).
  • Those who are applying outside of Canada will have to wait for the CPC to send the application to the nearest Canadian visa office for processing.

Step 2 – Your spouse or partner must also submit an application for permanent residence.

Any eligible spouses or partners in Canada who are applying to become a permanent resident through sponsorship of their spouse are permitted to work while they wait for the processing to be completed. The IRCC issues “open work permits” to those who have applied for permanent residency from within Canadian borders.

IRCC will process the majority of complete applications (meaning, those with all the necessary supporting documents) within one year.

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The spousal application process takes less than one year.

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Canada Ends 2-Year Spousal Sponsor Rule https://immigrationcanada.pro/immigrate/canada-ends-2-year-spousal-sponsor-rule/ https://immigrationcanada.pro/immigrate/canada-ends-2-year-spousal-sponsor-rule/#respond Fri, 05 May 2017 18:00:03 +0000 http://immigrationcanada.pro/?p=12309 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has ended the requirement that sponsored spouses or partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents were required to live with their sponsor for 2 years prior to receiving permanent resident status, effective April 28, 2017. Learn more here: Canada Abolishes 2 Year Rule for Spousal Sponsorship. Evelyn Ackah is one of Canada’s...

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has ended the requirement that sponsored spouses or partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents were required to live with their sponsor for 2 years prior to receiving permanent resident status, effective April 28, 2017.

Learn more here: Canada Abolishes 2 Year Rule for Spousal Sponsorship.

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Applications for In-Canada Sponsorship Now Go To Mississauga https://immigrationcanada.pro/spousal-sponsorship/applications-canada-sponsorship-now-go-mississauga/ https://immigrationcanada.pro/spousal-sponsorship/applications-canada-sponsorship-now-go-mississauga/#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:47:10 +0000 http://immigrationcanada.pro/?p=2776 Just a quick note – as of today, in-Canada sponsorship applications (but not including open work permit applications for in-Canada spouses for now) are filed in Mississauga, Ontario. My understanding is that open work permits will go to Vegreville after stage 1 processing is complete.  This may change – stay tuned. At this time, some...

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Just a quick note – as of today, in-Canada sponsorship applications (but not including open work permit applications for in-Canada spouses for now) are filed in Mississauga, Ontario.

My understanding is that open work permits will go to Vegreville after stage 1 processing is complete.  This may change – stay tuned.

At this time, some of the materials on the CIC website have not been updated, but the applications do go to Mississauga.

Previously, these applications were filed in Vegreville, Alberta – but no longer.

Personally, I’m pleased to see this change.  In the past, we’ve had challenges dealing with Vegreville.  I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they were understaffed for the number of applications they received.

I’m hopeful that Mississauga will process in-Canada sponsorship applications faster, and that open work permits get issued earlier in the application process.

Fingers crossed!

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Spousal Sponsors Must Provide “Adequate Care and Support” For Foreign Spouses https://immigrationcanada.pro/immigrate/spousal-sponsors-must-provide-adequate-care-and-support-for-foreign-spouses/ https://immigrationcanada.pro/immigrate/spousal-sponsors-must-provide-adequate-care-and-support-for-foreign-spouses/#respond Tue, 18 Jun 2013 04:15:49 +0000 http://immigrationcanada.pro/?p=2363 For many individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada, there are minimum income or asset requirements that will determine whether an applicant is successful or not.  These requirements are quite apart from the educational, work experience, language and other hurdles. In terms of a Canadian spouse sponsoring a foreign resident for Canadian permanent residence –...

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cashFor many individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada, there are minimum income or asset requirements that will determine whether an applicant is successful or not.  These requirements are quite apart from the educational, work experience, language and other hurdles.

In terms of a Canadian spouse sponsoring a foreign resident for Canadian permanent residence – generally speaking – the minimum income requirements or asset levels do not apply.  This is for good reason – spouses should not be kept separate just because of a certain income threshold.

However, there is a requirement on the foreign spouse than you may not know about.

Section 39 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act states:

39. A foreign national is inadmissible for financial reasons if they are or will be unable or unwilling to support themself or any other person who is dependent on them, and have not satisfied an officer that adequate arrangements for care and support, other than those that involve social assistance, have been made.

So what does that mean?

It means that a foreign spouse has to satisfy a visa officer that “adequate arrangements for care and support” have been made in Canada for them.

Typically, the sponsor is the one who will be supporting the foreign spouse, at least initially.  However, the foreign spouse may have significant assets that could overcome this requirement as well.

So what does “adequate care and support mean?

As with many aspects of immigration law, there is no clear guideline that will determine adequate care and support.  However, we can safely say that a Canadian spouse should at least be employed or show some kind of income.  If he or she is currently unemployed, he or she should at least show a history of employment.

A case that is illustrates this concept is the 2008 case of Han vs. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) from the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB).

In this case, the Canadian spouse applied to sponsor his wife who resided in China.  The visa officer denied the application because the foreign spouse has insufficient assets to support herself, and that she failed to show she has adequate arrangements for her care and support in Canada through her sponsor.

The couple appealed the visa officer’s decision. The IRB reviewed the case and found that these facts were particularly relevant:

  • The Canadian spouse had just started working without a confirmed salary or firm employment contract.
  • In the previous two years the Canadian spouse had not worked and could not show income for that time period.
  • The Canadian spouse did not produce a tax return to show he had earned any income in the previous 2 years.
  • Although the foreign spouse owned a rental property in China, there was no evidence presented as to its value nor its rental income.
  • There was no evidence presented of a claimed job offer in Canada for the foreign spouse.

What can we take from this case?

It’s clear that the Canadian spouse’s history of unemployment spanning 2 years was detrimental to the application.  The lack of evidence of any income or tax returns hurt as well.  Finally, the foreign spouse’s lack of evidence of any assets or a job offer in Canada sealed their fate.

In a sponsorship application, it is important to show strong evidence of a history of employment (even if currently unemployed), or a stream of income if self-employed, preferably through income tax returns if possible.

A foreign spouse’s assets can help, so documented evidence of assets should be included, along with a plan to liquidate those assets if the sponsorship application is successful.

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