Under the various family sponsorship programs of the Canadian government, you can include the following persons in your application for a Canada immigration visa:
The money required depends on:
You have to ensure that you will meet your sponsored family member’s needs by providing a signed promise.
In certain sponsorship options, you have to show a minimum income level to gain eligibility regarding sponsorship, like the Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has set a Minimum Necessary Income (MNI). You will have to furnish proof that your income exceeds the set MNI for the past three taxation years before the application submission date.
Do note that your MNI will be assessed on the basis of your Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment.
These needs comprise:
You will have to bear the obligation to provide your sponsored person’s basic needs only in case they are unable to do so themselves.
Yes, you can do so with a co-signer, who can be your spouse/common-law partner/conjugal partner.
The government of Canada asks the sponsor and their co-signer (if applicable) to sign an undertaking that declares their intention of providing for the basic requirements of their sponsored person/s for a particular time period post their arrival in Canada.
If you live in Quebec, this undertaking shall be entered into with that province’s government.
This ensures there is no dependence of the sponsored family members on Canadian social assistance or welfare.
Your time period of financial responsibility towards the sponsored person/s starts from the day they become a permanent resident. It varies on the basis of the type of family member.
|The type of sponsored person||Time period of financial responsibility (except Quebec)|
|Spouse/Common-law partner/Conjugal partner||3 years|
|Dependent child/children||10 years or till they turn 25 years of age – whichever comes first|
|Other relatives||10 years|
Once the sponsored persons enter Canada, the undertaking cannot be canceled or modified by the sponsor at any time.
If you and your co-signer do not meet the commitments of the undertaking, both of you may face legal action.
In such a case, the combined financial abilities of the sponsor and the co-signer are assessed to ensure that the requirements of the sponsored persons are met. The co-signer can be your spouse/common-law partner/conjugal partner. In case of any default, you and the co-signer shall be held equally liable.
Your Family Sponsorship Application shall not be approved if your and your co-signer’s combined fiscal abilities do not meet the set minimum requirements.
You will not have to meet financial ability requirements if you are sponsoring your spouse/common-law partner/conjugal partner or your dependent child.
Yes, you will have to get into a Sponsorship Agreement with your sponsored person/s. This renders you responsible for ensuring that all essential/basic needs of the sponsored person and in return the sponsored person/s promises to put in the effort to become self-supporting.
Yes, if they hold a work permit, they can work.
It is vital for the sponsored persons (student, worker, or visitor) to maintain their legal status during the processing time period of spousal or common-law partner applications.
Before starting work, your sponsored person, whether spouse or partner, should apply for an open work permit and get authorization. In most cases, the processing time period of this application is 4-5 months.
The open work permit is not associated with any job or employer. It authorizes the holder to work with most Canadian employers without getting a confirmed job offer first.
You have to apply for spousal sponsorship after you get married or enter into a common-law relationship. Only once you get approval will the married spouse become a permanent Canadian resident.
You can start the sponsorship process during the final phase of the adoption. Your application will be processed once the final adoption decision has been made.
No, they do not. However, they must pass all clearances, police, and security, along with the medical examinations.
The IRCC, in some cases, does ask to meet both you and your sponsored family member.
This is when:
Even if you don’t have a job, in most cases, you won’t be asked to submit proof of income to sponsor your spouse’s immigration to Canada. You may be asked by the immigration officer to come in for an interview where you could face inquiries about how you are planning on supporting yourself and your spouse.
Yes, you can. You just have to apply separately for each person/couple. The applications are processed separately too.
In certain circumstances, you may be deemed ineligible to sponsor a family member/relative. These are:
Here are the steps to do that:
The length of the processing time varies on the basis of the type of application.
Annually, Canada aims at welcoming around 100,000 family class immigrants under its immigration level plans.
The IRCC has set a few guidelines that you can follow to show the proof of your relationship with the person you want to sponsor in your application.
These guidelines differ on the basis of the sponsored person.
You may require a birth certificate if you are sponsoring a:
For your spouse, you will need a marriage certificate. In case you are facing some issues in getting that, you can demonstrate your spousal relationship through:
Here is the list of documents:
Here is the list of documents:
If the two of you are living together, you will also have to provide any two from the following documents. In case you are unable to provide even two sets, you will have to give a written explanation behind the same.
If you and your spouse/partner are not living together, you have to furnish proof that the two of you lived together previously for at least one year. Here’s the list of documents you can use to prove that:
This should be a maximum of 10 pages of evidence.
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