Spouse Sponsorship

Spouse Sponsorship to Canada

Obtaining spousal sponsorship to immigrate to Canada can be confusing because there are several different ways a couple can be eligible for this category of family sponsorship. However, the knowledgeable lawyers at Pilkington Immigration Law Firm are here to guide you through the steps and advise you on which spousal sponsorship path is right for you.

The Spousal Sponsorship to Canada category involves individuals sponsoring spouses to come to Canada either through marriage, common-law spouses, or conjugal partners. This process may be conducted inside or outside of Canada, depending on the couple's circumstances. Processing times vary through Citizenship and Immigration Canada, depending on whether or not the process is handled entirely at Case Processing Centre in Canada or is concluded at a consulate abroad. For couples who have initiated such a process inside Canada, the sponsored spouse is eligible under current regulations to receive an open work permit, which is a major advantage.

Unlike other family categories, spouse sponsorship to Canada does not require a minimum income by the sponsor. Still, the sponsor can become ineligible if they are on social assistance for reasons other than disability, if they sponsored in the past individuals who ended up on social assistance, if they have committed violent crimes in the past against family members, or if they are undischarged bankrupt. It is important to thoroughly analyze your individual situation with an immigration lawyer before proceeding with the spouse sponsorship process.

The process for spousal sponsorship through the marriage includes providing a valid marriage certificate and additional supporting documentation to verify the marital relationship's genuine and bonafide nature. Acceptable forms of documentation include several options, including, but not limited to, photographs, affidavits from friends and family, telephone records, and other forms of correspondence.

The spousal sponsorship through Common Law process requires the couple to have lived together for one year continuously, co-mingled their affairs through joint bank accounts or leases, and otherwise conducted themselves in a way that friends and family believed them to be married.

Finally, the conjugal partner classification for a spousal sponsorship is appropriate only in limited circumstances when it is impossible to marry or live as common law for a year due to a barrier outside the sponsor and the sponsored spouse’s control. That can include but is not limited to religious, legal, or immigration barriers.

The dedicated lawyers at Pilkington Immigration Law Firm can provide you with the assistance you need to immigrate to Canada through spousal sponsorship or help your spouse do so. To learn more about obtaining a spouse sponsorship to Canada or begin the process, call us at (888) 712-9757, or fill out our online contact form to request an appointment.


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