Canadian Family Sponsorship Lawyer
Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor their:
- common-law partner
- conjugal partner
- dependent child
- parents/ grandparents
Canadian citizens outside of Canada, you must show that they intend to live in Canada once their sponsored relative’s permanent resident status is granted.
Permanent residents living outside of Canada are not eligible to sponsor their spouse.
The Basic Requirements:
The basic requirements to sponsor a relative are that the sponsor must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, 18 years of age, reside in Canada, and have the minimum necessary income to support the sponsored relatives once they land in Canada. The sponsor must agree in writing to support his/her relatives for a certain period of time once they arrive in Canada.
Exceptions to the Minimum Income Requirement:
There is no requirement to meet a minimum income in order to sponsor a spouse, common- law partner, conjugal partner, or child. Regardless, the sponsor must still show he/she has sufficient income or assets to support these family members without resorting to using social assistance once they land in Canada.
You are not eligible to sponsor a relative if you:
- failed to pay an immigration loan, family support payments, or a performance bond
- failed to provide for the basic needs of a previously-sponsored relative who received social assistance
- are under a removal order
- are in a penitentiary, jail, reformatory or prison
- receive social assistance for a reason other than a disability
- are still going through the process of bankruptcy (undischarged bankruptcy)
- were sponsored by a spouse or partner and you became a permanent resident less than five years ago
- sponsored a previous spouse or partner and three years have not passed since this person became a permanent resident
- have already applied to sponsor your current spouse, partner or child and a decision on your application hasn’t been made yet
- were convicted of a violent or sexual offence, or an offence that caused bodily harm to a relative—or you attempted or threatened to commit any of these offences
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