The objectives of Canadian Immigration law are to bring families together. As a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you have the right to bring family members from abroad and have them legally work and live in Canada. Most of the time, your sponsorship of family members can eventually lead them to become citizens of Canada.
The person who is intending to sponsor a family member has to be 18 years old or older. People under the age of 18 cannot sponsor.
Who Can Be Sponsored
Canada Is committed to family reunification so Canadian citizens or permanent residents can sponsor the following family members:
- Spouse, Common-law partner, Conjugal partner
- Dependent children
- Brothers and sisters (within certain circumstances)
- Other relatives (i.e. an orphaned niece or nephew)
Each category has its own set of requirements that the sponsor needs to comply with for the family sponsorship visa application to be properly reviewed by Immigration department
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What is the responsibility of the sponsor?
As a sponsor, you are the principal who promises to take care of your family members’ living costs (i.e. ensure his or her economic well-being). If this commitment hasn’t been met, then whatever assistance is paid by the government to the family member has to be paid back by the sponsor.
Proof of Spousal Sponsorship
it is important to prove that the sponsor has a genuine relationship with his/her partner, and that the purpose of the relationship is not just the partner’s desire to live and work in Canada. Therefore, he/she will need to prove that his/her relationship with the spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner is genuine, and it can be proven via a marriage certificate and / or the following documentation:
- a significant degree of attachment, both physical and emotional;
- a mutual and continuing commitment to a shared life together;
- whether the relationship is monogamous,
- whether the relationship is of some permanence – namely, a minimum duration of One year.
Same sex partners are eligible for sponsorship under the Canadian family sponsorship visa as long as the marriage was legally recognized in the country where it occurred. This includes same-sex marriages within Canada or outside of the country. It is the responsibility of the sponsor to provide the immigration authorities information about whether or not the same-sex marriage was legally recognized, as well as when and where it occurred.
Dependent children might be sponsored if they are under the age of 22 as long as they aren’t married or in a common-law relationship with another partner, and don’t have a criminal record or any medical issues.
Note: any claim should be proven.