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How to sponsor your spouse for Canadian immigration.

This big announcement was made by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in late September when it outlined how it intends to get family members together as soon as it can amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Before the pandemic, under its spousal and child-family class immigration group, Canada was targeting the arrival of around 70,000 new immigrants each year.

Canada, however, recently unveiled the latest 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Strategy that would dramatically raise the levels of immigrants. As a result, under the spousal and children group, Canada will now strive to accept some 80,000 immigrants each year.

Through spousal sponsorship, several immigrants will come.

Who is eligible to sponsor their spouse?

To gain permanent residency, both Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their spouses. The applicant should prove to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that one of these three categories involves the relationship between the sponsor and the person they are sponsoring:

  • Conjugal partner
  • Common-law partner
  • Spouse

Canadians and permanent residents are qualified to sponsor a loved one if they are at least 18 years old and can show a willingness to provide financing for basic needs. You will need to show that you plan to remain in Canada with the person you wish to sponsor if you are a Canadian citizen living abroad.

Spouse eligibility requirements 

The person getting sponsored ought to meet the following conditions for eligibility:

Spouse: Both should be married to you lawfully and has to be at 18 years of age.

Common-law partner: They should be 18 years of age and have been staying with you for at least 12 consecutive months.

Conjugal partner: They should be 18 years of age, have been in a relationship with you for at least 12 months, live other than Canada, and unable to live with you in their country or marry you on account of essential legal or immigration grounds. For instance, you live in a country where same-sex marriage or divorce is not permitted. You need to prove to the IRCC that you could not stay together or get married in their country.

How to apply for sponsorship 

IRCC requires you to apply both applications together. One is for funding, and the other is an application for permanent residency.

Step 1:  From IRCC, acquire an application package.

Step 2: Pay the IRCC application fees, including processing fees, permanent residency, and biometrics expenses. You can pay these fees on IRCC’s website.

Step 3: Submit to IRCC your completed request. The IRCC norm for processing is 12 months.

Rushabh Brahmbhatt

Rushabh Brahmbhatt

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