Canadian Spousal Sponsorships: What You Need to Know 

Moving countries can’t be easy, and for that, we’re fortunate to have spousal sponsorships available for us. Spousal sponsorships, in a nutshell, are how a Canadian or permanent resident can sponsor their partner’s migration, allowing families to stay together. Because of this, spousal sponsorships have risen in priority. 

Processing Time

Undoubtedly, this will entail some processing of documents, verification of information, and the like. You can expect these processes to take around 12 months. Keep in mind that this might be extended depending on the specifics of each case. 

Some factors that might affect the length of processing are the need for additional proof of identity and/or relationship and unverified information. That said, the only way to make sure that your processing is finished promptly is to make sure that all your documents are complete and in order when you file them.

Requirements

You can imagine that there are rules to this process as well. To be able to apply for spousal sponsorships, you and your partner must first meet the following conditions:

  • Must be at least 18 y.o.
  • Are a Canadian resident or returning to Canada once the process of sponsorship is done.
  • Are a Canadian resident that is able to provide for the migrating partner for at least 3 months.

Additionally, married couples will have to provide documentation and proof of their relationship through the following documents:

  • Marriage certification
  • If possible, wedding invitations and photos
  • If you have any children together, birth certificates or adoption records
  • Proof of registered marriage with a government authority.
  • Completed Relationship Information and Sponsorship Evaluation form

For applicants, at least two (2) copies of the following documents will also be required:

  • Proof of shared ownership of properties between you and your spouse. 
  • If applicable, documentation of shared bank accounts
  • Any household bills with both your names
  • Photocopies of government-issued identification
  • Tax forms, or similar, that prove shared living space.

Spousal Sponsorship Cost

Aside from the usual expenses for processing these documents, spousal sponsorships will not require you to provide a stated minimum yearly income. Nevertheless, you will have to sign an undertaking where you declare your ability and willingness to financially provide for your spouse. 

The length of time will depend on your specific case. On average, you can expect this to last 3 years.

Common-law Sponsorships and Conjugal Relationships

Fortunately, Canadian Immigration law sees common-law marriages the same way as traditional ones. Be that as it may, you will still need to provide proof you and your partner’s shared living space as well as the following documents: 

  • If you have any children together, birth certificates or adoption records
  • Proof of relationship through photographs and the like.
  • Proof of shared residence for at least one (1) year.
  • Completed Relationship Information and Sponsorship Evaluation form

For applicants, at least two (2) copies of the following documents will also be required:

  • Documentation of you and your partner acknowledging your relationship (e.g. employment/insurance benefits)
  • Proof of shared financial burden
  • Evidence of couple’s acceptance with respective families

It is possible that your relationship will not have one or more of these documents. In those cases, try looking for any form of evidence proving your relationship. Conjugal relationships, meanwhile, will require the couple to provide proof of a shared residence.

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Canadian Spousal Sponsorships

Conclusion

At the end of the day, what’s important is being prepared. After all, you wouldn’t want to keep your family apart. Do your own research before deciding on anything as this process will need attention to detail.

If you’re looking for professional immigration services in Toronto that can help you with your spousal sponsorships, please contact us at info@brightimmigration.com or call 1-888-404-8472.

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