You might have heard that Canadian citizens, but also permanent residents have the possibility to sponsor parents, spouses, children or other persons when they are looking for permanent residence, but you do not know exactly what this process implies. This is considered one of the easiest methods to enter Canada, because when comparing it with the others, the applicant does not have to show authorities that they have any work experience, language qualification or education. There are different situations when a foreign citizen can become permanent resident with the help of sponsorship, but in this article you would find more details about the cases which imply marriage and conjugal relations. It is advisable to ask for the advice of a company specialised in family sponsorship, because you might not be able to understand all the terms implied by the paperwork, and you might not have knowledge on what the process implies.
Can you be a sponsor?
The answer to this question is a simple one, you can be a sponsor if you are a permanent resident or Canadian citizen, and if the person you want to sponsorship is at least 18 years old and meets all the requirements of the law. Keep in mind that there are some factors, which could disqualify you, form sponsoring your partner. The main factor that can lead to this case is if you fail in providing financial support to an individual you were offering to support in the past, or you were imprisoned. Other cases are when you have an unreleased bankruptcy or you are defaulted on an immigration loan. For being sure that you are not dealing with these situations, you should ask for the help of a specialist in the domain.
When can you consider becoming a sponsor?
You should take into consideration this option if you are legally married with your partner, and the wedding does not have to take place in Canada, but the condition is to be legal in the country where it has taken place. In case you are in a “marriage like” relationship, you are not qualified for family sponsorship. You have to show the authorities that you are in a lifelong partnership with your spouse, and you spend time together, know each other’s families, meet with them regularly, and share different assets. In case you are not married with your partner, and you apply for sponsorship, you might fail in receiving a positive answer. Make sure you do not misrepresent facts when you apply for it, because this might lead to a long-term exclusion of your partner from Canada.
What are the consequences of sponsorship?
When you become a sponsor, you have to provide financial for your spouse for at least 3 years, and in case you are asking it for a child, you have to provide this support at least 10 years or until he or she turns 25. And in case you are getting a divorce during this period, you still have to provide your spouse financial support, because this becomes your obligation from the moment she or he becomes permanent resident.