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Canada Family Sponsorship Visa

Canada has often been ranked as one of the best countries in the world to live in due to the high quality of life. After obtaining Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status through an investor program, an entrepreneur program or the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you may want your family to join you and settle in Canada. If that’s the case, the Canada Family Sponsorship Visa can be your answer.

If you are a Canadian Citizen/Permanent Resident, who intends to provide a better education for your children or to enjoy your retirement years in Canada, you can consider applying for Canadian citizenship or permanent residency for your spouse, common-law partner or children.

If your spouse or common-law partner holds the Permanent Residence Status in Canada or is a Canadian Citizen, you can join your family in Canada with the Canada Family Sponsorship Visa.

Canada Family Sponsorship Visa Overview

If you are a Canadian Citizen/Permanent Resident, applying for a Family Sponsorship Visa for your direct relatives is easy; there is no specific education, work experience, language proficiency or investment requirements. The sponsor only needs to provide proof of financial support for the basic needs of his/her relatives from the day they become a Permanent Resident of Canada, as well as the authenticity of the marriage/partnership.

Canada recognizes that families should be united and therefore the Sponsorship applications receive high priority at the Visa Offices. As the accumulated applications for spousal/children sponsorship visa have been drastically reduced in 2017 by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the processing time is now around twelve (12) months. The Family Sponsorship Visa is, therefore, a fast and direct route for eligible applicants, who want to join their family in Canada.

Canada Family Sponsorship Visa Sponsor Requirements and Financial Undertaking

If you are 18 years or older, hold Canadian Citizenship/Permanent Residence Status and are planning to sponsor a direct relative with his/her Canada Family Sponsorship Visa application, you should pay attention to the following:

Firstly, in principle, the proposed sponsor must reside in Canada. However, these can be the exceptions:

  1. if the proposed sponsor is traveling or conducting short visits abroad;
  2. if the applicant is the spouse/common-law partner or children of the proposed sponsor, who is a Canadian Citizen/Permanent Resident and living outside of Canada. However, once the applicant receives Canadian permanent residence status, the sponsor will return to Canada and settle with his/her spouse/common-law partner or children.

In other words, the requirement is also fulfilled if the sponsor is living outside of Canada, but intends to return to Canada after his/her spouse has been successfully granted Canadian permanent residency.

Secondly, the proposed sponsor must sign an undertaking, promising to give financial support for the basic needs of his relatives from the day they become a Permanent Resident. Details are as follows:

  • Spouse or Partner: Three (3) years
  • Dependent child under 13 years of age: Ten (10) years
  • Dependent child between 13 and 21 years: Ten (10) years or until Twenty-five (25) years old (whichever comes first)
  • Dependent child over 22 years of age: Three (3) years
  • The financial support duration for residents of Quebec is slightly different from the above-mentioned requirements (applicable to the rest of Canada).

Lastly, in addition to the necessary documents, such as birth certificate, proof of no criminal record and income and financial proof, you also need to provide your Canada Permanent Resident Card, Canadian Citizenship Card or Canadian passport to prove your own Canadian citizenship or permanent residency.

If your spouse is applying for the Canada Family Sponsorship Visa, you must also submit your marriage certificate to prove the legitimacy of the marriage. In recent years, there were several reports that fake marriages were used as a means to apply for the family sponsorship visa. Therefore, the Canadian authority is very stringent when it comes to reviewing the authenticity of the applicant’s relationship with his/her spouse or common-law partner. Some applicants provide records of past correspondences, photographs or other items as proofs of the relationship, in order to facilitate the review.

Why Should You Choose Simard & Associates To Help With Your Family Immigration to Canada?

Although the Canada Family Sponsorship Visa has relative easy requirements and faster processing times than other immigration programs, eligible applicants can only be guaranteed the visa if they provide all the necessary documents correctly and legally. If you have a busy work schedule and/or are not familiar with legal documents, choosing an experienced and trustworthy immigration consultant company will save you time and can guarantee your success. At Simard and Associates, we have successfully helped many families reunite and settle in Canada; our extensive experience is an asset when helping clients file complicated documents and provide solutions for any problems that arise, so you can enjoy a successful result effortlessly.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Simard & Associates to obtain more information regarding the current Canada Family Sponsorship Visa application or other Canadian Immigration Programs.