Canada has always welcomed various nationalities from different parts of the world into its borders. Whether you’re a Canadian citizen wanting your foreign common-law partner to come over or a permanent resident planning to have your spouse immigrate to the country, you now have the option to apply for a spousal sponsorship. As you may or may not be aware, this application allows you to sponsor your loved one to live permanently with you in the country.
In this article, we’ll share with you how Canadian spouses reunite in the country and what you can do to sponsor your spouse to immigrate to Canada.
Reuniting with Canadian spouses
There’s no denying that Canada has been fulfilling its commitment to keeping families together. This has become even more apparent as many Canadians are reuniting with their foreign spouses in the country due to the COVID-19 crisis that has separated many of them. In fact, a total of 15,999 applications were finalized last year, wherein 14,816 of these were approved, 837 were rejected, and 346 were withdrawn. Along with this is the fact that two-thirds of the applications were from people outside the country.
Government’s commitment and initiative
The global pandemic led the Canadian government to slow down its application processing last year. However, it has soon sped up its processing for spousal sponsorship applications since September of last year. In fact, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has increased its staff responsible for spousal sponsorships by 66 percent. This has led to a total of almost 16,000 applications having been finalized. Because of this, you can expect the application processing to be more robust this year!
Sponsoring your spouse for Canadian immigration
If you want to sponsor your partner, whether it is your spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner, you must consider a few key points, such as the following:
- Your eligibility: You must first be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident living in the country, or a person registered as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act. Second, you must be in a married, common-law, or conjugal relationship. Lastly, you must be able to provide for your sponsored spouse’s needs financially.
- Your partner’s qualification: Your sponsored spouse must meet several criteria as well. One, your partner must be 18 years old and above. Two, you and your spouse must not have been married to anyone else at the time of your marriage. Finally, you must not live apart for longer than a year as a common-law or conjugal partner.
- Application: Take note that you must fill out an application form as a sponsor and submit it to the government’s case processing center. Don’t forget the forms, documents, and proof of relationship required to be filed to the agency. Once everything has been submitted, you can check the application status online. Finally, you will receive a notice from the immigration office regarding your application’s approval or denial.
At this point, you now realize that a spousal sponsorship application in Canada isn’t a walk in the park. For this reason, you must consider all the valuable information discussed above and work with an immigration agency for a successful application process. Ultimately, hiring an immigration consultant who can help you out every step of the way will be your best option!
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