How to sponsor a spouse to Canada

Spousal Sponsorship applications under the Family Class are one of the most popular ways to bring your family to Canada. Only a Canadian Citizen or a Canadian permanent resident who is over 19 years of age and lives in Canada can sponsor a spouse to Canada. Sponsor a Spouse

How to sponsor a spouse to Canada

1. Be able to financially support your spouse and any dependents. As a sponsor, you must meet strict income requirements unless you a sponsoring a spouse – but you must still be able to prove that you can support your spouse financially.

2. Obtain the forms necessary for sponsoring a spouse to Canada and fill them out properly and accordingly.

3. Sign a sponsorship agreement between yourself and your spouse as well as the Government of Canada. This agreement ensures that you will financially support your spouse during the length of your spousal sponsorship. This sponsorship agreement is extremely important. If your spouse were to leave you or go on welfare or use other social services in Canada, you as the sponsor would be on the hook for paying back all of these debts.

4. Discuss your spousal sponsorship case with a licensed immigration lawyer. Spousal sponsorship cases can be very complicated and extensive. Many spousal sponsorship applications are denied each and every year. In addition, new spousal sponsorship rules have been introduced that can make these cases even more complicated.

Spousal Sponsorship refusals

Spousal sponsorship refusals happen often, but they can be appealed. If your spousal sponsorship application is denied you should speak to a licensed immigration lawyer as soon as possible – you may only have a short time within which to appeal your spousal sponsorship denial.

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