Q & A: Visiting Spouse

CIC News
Published: June 1, 1998

Q. I recently got married outside of Canada and was thinking of bringing her here as a visitor and then starting the sponsorship process. I do know that one can sponsor within Canada but my question is that by bringing her here as a visitor for the purpose of sponsorship will that be looked us un-favourable?

Answer: Requesting admission as a visitor in order to be eligible for inland processing of a sponsorship application may adversely affect the eligibility for such admission. By definition, an individual who intends to remain permanently within Canada would not be considered a visitor. This is not to
say, necessarily, that such admission is not possible, however, as the expression of dual intent may be possible.

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