Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada over the age of 18 can sponsor certain family members. There are 3 different types of family sponsorship; Canada Spousal Sponsorship, child, and parents-and-grandparents.
Canada Spousal Sponsorship:
You can apply for sponsoring your spouse if you are married, in a common law relationship or have a conjugal partner. There are two ways to do this:
- In Canada: A benefit of sponsoring a spouse from within Canada is that we can usually process a work visa for them while they are being sponsored.
- Out of Canada: Processing times are dependent on the visa office outside of Canada. The sponsor can not be on welfare or recently have been on welfare. If you have been sponsored, or sponsored someone in the past there is a 5 year waiting period.
Sponsoring a Child:
You can sponsor your children and your partner’s children. Natural or adopted. Must be under the age of 19.
Parents and Grandparents:
This visa has a cap of 10,000 annual as of 2016. Please call us as early as September to ensure paperwork is ready for the following year.
Spousal sponsorship can be stressful for married couples. Based on our experience, newlyweds who are continents apart have the most difficult time with processing times.
Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to submit a complete application. If an application is incomplete, your entire application will get returned to you and you will end up with at leasr a 3 month delay.
There are some common pitfalls in these applications. For example, it is very important to provide ORIGINAL COPY when asked for it. Besides photos, the sponsor’s employment letter and the principal applicant’s police certificates MUST BE ORIGINAL.
In addition, there are times that the principal applicant has dependents who are between the ages of 18-21. These dependents need to provide police certificates and do their medical WHETHER THEY ARE ACCOMPANYING THE PRINCIPAL APPLICANT OR NOT.
NOWHERE IN THE CHECKLIST OR GUIDE MENTIONES THIS RULE.
If you want us to review your application before you submit it or to do your application from start to finish, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Requirements for family sponsorship can vary on a case to case basis. Please go to request a quote and tell us more about your case or contact us today for more information.