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Spousal and Family Sponsorship Canada

How Can A Candidate Sponsor his Spouse, Common-Law Partner, Conjugal Partner, and Dependent Child in Canada?

How to Become a Sponsor in Canada

A Candidate can become a sponsor in Canada if he is:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • A Canadian citizen;
  • Lives in Canada

Can You Sponsor Someone in Canada Without Living in Canada?

It isn’t possible to support somebody to live in Canada if you are not living in the country at that point. Regardless of whether you are a permanent residence of Canada, you should be in the country when you support somebody.

You should demonstrate that you qualify as support by showing you can give:

  • For yourself;
  • For your spouse/partner; and
  • For your or your spouse’s dependents

Cases and Reasons When a Candidate Can Not Sponsor Someone in Canada

A Candidate cannot apply to be a sponsor in Canada if he:

  • Have sponsored someone else within three years of becoming a permanent resident in Canada;
  • Have been convicted of a crime;
  • Are in a jail, reformatory, prison
  • Have not paid alimony to his spouse or child support (if applicable);
  • Receive social assistance (this does not include social disability);
  • Are you under a removal order
  • He has to pay an immigration loan or performance bond;
  • Were sponsored himself and became a permanent resident of Canada less than five years ago;

Who Can a Candidate Sponsor to Live in Canada?

He can sponsor his:

  • Wife/Husband
  • Conjugal partner
  • Common-law partner
  • Dependent child

Depending on who he sponsors, the documents he needs to apply with may change:

  • If he sponsors his conjugal partner or dependent child, he can apply for Family Class; and
  • If he sponsors his spouse or common-law partner, apply for either Family Class or the Spouse or Common-Law Partner Class.

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