FAMILY SPONSORSHIP

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Family reunification is one of the top priorities of Canadian immigration that is why the Canadian government has developed a number of immigration programs that allow Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada to sponsor their family members to become PR and live together in Canada. Below are some options under the family sponsorship program.

Spousal Sponsorship

Spousal Sponsorship is a subcategory of Family Class immigration and facilitates Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents over the age of 18 years to sponsor a spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner to become Permanent Resident with a potential to become a Canadian citizen once the residency requirements are met. The application process is not as simple as it may sound though. It takes lots of documentation and evidence to prove that a relationship is genuine.

Below are the three categories of spousal relationship defined by the Canadian government.

is someone you are legally married with, and the marriage must be legal and recognized in Canada and where it took place.

is someone with whom you are living together in a conjugal relationship for at least one year continuously.

is someone outside Canada has had a mutually dependent relationship for at least one year as the same level of commitment as in a marriage or a common-law relationship but the circumstances beyond their control such as immigration barriers, religious or legal restrictions that prevented them from qualifying as a spouse or common-law partner.

There are two classed under which the spousal sponsorship application can be made:

This option is for the spouse/common-law partner of a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident living together in Canada, and they have a temporary status in Canada, i.e. visitor, student, worker. Also, the spouse/common-law partner being sponsored can be eligible for an open work permit which allows them to work for any employer during the processing of their application.

This is applicable when the sponsored person is living outside of Canada. However, the sponsored person can be living in Canada and still can apply through this class.

There are two classed under which the spousal sponsorship application can be made:

This option is for the spouse/common-law partner of a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident living together in Canada, and they have a temporary status in Canada, i.e. visitor, student, worker. Also, the spouse/common-law partner being sponsored can be eligible for an open work permit which allows them to work for any employer during the processing of their application.

This is applicable when the sponsored person is living outside of Canada. However, the sponsored person can be living in Canada and still can apply through this class.

You can be eligible to sponsor if you are:

There are some reasons which can prevent you from becoming an eligible sponsor your spouse or partner.

You can be eligible to be sponsored (the applicant) if you are:

  • Canadian law recognizes same-sex relationship and can be eligible to apply under one of the categories mentioned above if they meet.
  • A person living in Canada is not eligible to be sponsored as a conjugal partner.
  • Permanent Residents living outside Canada cannot sponsor a spouse/common-law partner or conjugal partner, but Canadian Citizens can do so provided they plan to live in Canada when the sponsored person becomes Permanent Resident in Canada.
  • Processing times have been reduced from 24 months to 12 months now.
  • The sponsor has appeal rights for the negative decision on your application if you applied under “outside Canada class.”
  • If you sponsored a person, you cannot sponsor anyone else under spousal sponsorship for 3 years since the sponsored person became a permanent resident
  • If you were sponsored as a spouse or partner, you cannot sponsor anyone else under spousal sponsorship for 5 years since you became a permanent resident
  • There is no minimum income requirement for sponsoring spouse and partner.

Parents/Grandparents Sponsorship

Parents/Grandparents sponsorship is a subcategory of Family Class immigration, and that facilitates Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents over the age of 18 years to sponsor their parents/grandparent to become Permanent Resident with a potential to become a Canadian citizen once the residency requirements are met. To be eligible as a sponsor, you must meet some requirements.

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Earlier in 2018, IRCC introduced a randomised lottery system for parents/grandparents sponsorship applications. But it saw a lot of criticism as unfair for those who might have been waiting for many years to sponsor their parents/grandparents. As a result, the Canadian government scrapped the lottery system and replaced it with a first-come-first-served process in 2019. Application cap was also increased from 17,000 to 20,000 for 2019. The new program opened on January 28th, 2019 and lasted for almost in 10 minutes as it reached the application cap of 20,000. However, the program reopens at the beginning of every year, so you should plan well in advance in you wish to sponsor your parents/grandparents.

There are some reasons which can prevent you from becoming an eligible sponsor your spouse or partner.

You can be eligible to sponsor if you are:

You can be eligible to be sponsored (the applicant) if you are:

  • The sponsor cannot sponsor his/her spouse’s parents/grandparents (in-laws).
  • The sponsor’s spouse can co-sign the application to meet the income requirement threshold.

Dependent Children

Canadian citizens or permanent residents can sponsor their dependent children to become a permanent resident of Canada under this category.

To be eligible for this program, you must fulfil the following minimum requirements.

There are some reasons which can prevent you from becoming an eligible sponsor your spouse or partner.

You can be eligible to be sponsored as a dependent child if you are:

There is no minimum income requirement for sponsoring a dependent child(ren) unless the dependent child has his/her own dependent child(ren).

There are different immigration rules for family sponsorship for the sponsors living in the province of Quebec.

How can Pentagon Immigration Help you?

Immigration law is complex and always keeps changing. Even a single minor error in your application may cause delay or rejection of the file. At Pentagon Immigration Services, we provide comprehensive expertise for your Express Entry application. Our professional practice involves competent knowledge, honest advice and personalized services. No one can guarantee you the success of your application; it’s at full discretion of the visa officer. What we guarantee you is the careful, error-free and strategic submission of your Express Entry application so you have very high chances of success. We stand by our clients right from initial consultation to the final decision on the file. And this is not it. We care for our clients, that’s why we provide them with pre-departure orientation and settlement services so they can be well integrated in Canada comfortably.

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FAQs

Whether you are looking to immigrate to Canada temporarily or permanently, there are currently more than 60 programs available for immigration to Canada. But every individual’s situation is different and so is the program requirements.

 

That’s is why it is important that proper and careful assessment of your profile is done to determine your eligibility for one or more programs suitable for you.

 

You can take advantage of our ‘Free Assessment’ tool and check your eligibility for immigration to Canada. Once you have submitted the assessment form, it will be reviewed by our expert and qualified ‘Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC)’ and you will be invited to have a ‘Free Initial Consultation’ with an RCIC either in person or over the phone at your convenience where you will be presented with your available options for immigration to Canada. In case you are not eligible now, it will still allow you to understand the line of actions you can take to be eligible in near future.

You must meet the minimum eligibility requirement for at least one of the three categories of Express Entry program before you can create your online profile. Three programs are Federarl Skille worker, Federal Skilled Trade and Canadian Experience Class.

 

Certain documents are required while creating an Express Entry profile. However, you need to have some or all of the following documents to enter the information only; you don’t have to upload these documents while creating the profile.

  1. Passport or Travel Document
  2. Language test results
  3. Education Credential Assessment (ECA) to claim points for education outside Canada
  4. Provincial Nomination (If available)
  5. Valid job offer letter from a Canadian employer (If available)

That’s is why it is important that proper and careful assessment of your profile is done to determine your eligibility for one or more programs suitable for you.

 

You can take advantage of our ‘Free Assessment’ tool and check your eligibility for immigration to Canada. Once you have submitted the assessment form, it will be reviewed by our expert and qualified ‘Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC)’ and you will be invited to have a ‘Free Initial Consultation’ with an RCIC either in person or over the phone at your convenience where you will be presented with your available options for immigration to Canada. In case you are not eligible now, it will still allow you to understand the line of actions you can take to be eligible in near future.

Anyone who provides advice and representation on Canadian Immigration or Citizenship matters for a fee is required to be a member in good standing of ICCRC or Chambre des notaires du Québec or a Canadian provincial or territorial law society of Canada according to the Canadian law.

 

“Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC)” is the national regulatory body for ‘Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC)’. An RCIC can advise you on Canadian Immigration matters and represent your case to “Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)”

 

Vaibhav Kalbhor is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) R531255, a member of ICCRC in good standing and is authorized by IRCC to represent your interests in Canada Immigration matters.

 

IRCC does not deal with representatives who charge a fee but are not authorized. If you use such a representative, your file may be returned or even rejected.