Bringing families together is one of the major goals of Canada’s immigration system.
The main way Canada does this is through its Spousal, Partner, and Children immigration sponsorship category. Canada looks to welcome around 80,000 immigrants through this category each year.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor their spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner to obtain Canadian permanent residence. The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recognizes same-sex relationships.
The eligibility criteria to sponsor your loved one is as follows:
Sponsored individuals must be at least 18 years old and fall under one of the following groups:
You need to submit two applications to IRCC: the sponsorship application and permanent residence application. IRCC asks you to submit both applications together.
Step 1: Confirm you meet the eligibility criteria to sponsor.
Step 2: Get the application package from IRCC’s website.
Step 3: Pay all required fees on IRCC’s website. Examples of fees include processing, right of permanent residence, and biometrics fees.
Step 4: Mail both applications together to IRCC.
Once IRCC approves the application, you and your partner must fulfil certain obligations. You are financially responsible for your loved one for at least three years. Your partner is not allowed to sponsor another person for five years after they obtain Canadian permanent residence.
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