A sponsor, who must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident can seek immigrations benefits on behalf the following partners:
Yes. There is no separate category for engaged couples, however, most couples qualify for spousal sponsorship under the common-law partner or the conjugal partner categories, depending on whether cohabitation was or not achieved for a consecutive period of 12 months prior to applying for Spousal Sponsorship.
To qualify as a sponsor under the spousal sponsorship program, the following conditions must be met:
He or she will also have to sign a spousal sponsorship agreement by which they pledge to financially support the partner for a period of three years after they become a permanent resident.
Some factors will not permit a sponsor to apply for his partner for spousal sponsorship, even if the above conditions are met. These factors include:
The sponsor will be asked to sign a spousal sponsorship agreement, by which he or she agreed to provide financial support to his partner for the three years following him or her becoming a Canadian permanent resident. It must also be noted that the obligation will remain valid even if the couple ends up separating or divorcing during the course of the three years following becoming a permanent resident.
The sponsor will have to demonstrate that he or she has enough financial resources to support both himself and his partner, this includes a dwelling, transportation, medical and dental care, clothing, basic everyday care, household goods and food. A sponsor who is low-income pay choose to have his partner co-sign the agreement, by way of which the partner agrees to contribute financially to the household.
In the past year, the Canadian government has made family reunification one of their top immigration priorities, which means that for the year 2023, spousal sponsorship applications will be processed at much faster rates than they ever have in the past. Furthermore, the application process has now become more simplified, with one application for both inside and outside Canada applications, with fewer questions regarding the relationship validity and no medical exams to be completed up-front. Most applications are processed within a twelve month time period, as per the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) guidelines.
The following are some of the documents and forms that will be required of you to provide when applying for spousal sponsorship:
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