HOW TO SPONSOR A PARTNER OR SPOUSE
A. An Inland Application. The partner or spouse who is being Sponsored is already present in Canada; or
B. An Outland Application. The partner or spouse to be Sponsored is not present in Canada.
What is a Sponsor?
Who is eligible to be a Sponsor?
A. An individual who is a Canadian Citizen or an individual with Permanent Residence and living in Canada; or
B. The Sponsor must be an individual registered in Canada as an Indian pursuant to the Canadian Indian Act;
C. The Sponsor must be 18 years of age or older; and
D. The Sponsor must be able to provide the basic needs (food, clothing, shelter, etc.) of the individual you are sponsoring.
What can make a Sponsor ineligible:
A. If the Sponsor being charged with any serious offence(s), if you are in jail;
B. If the Sponsor has been sponsored as a spouse within the preceding five years;
C. If the Sponsor is an undischarged bankrupt;
D. If the Sponsor is subject to a removal order;
E. If the Sponsor has submitted an Application and the decision is pending;
F. If the Sponsor is on social assistance (excluding disability);
G. If the Sponsor has not paid an immigration loan, performance bond or family support payments.
Who is eligible to be Sponsored?
There are three categories as follows:
A. Legally married and recognized spouses including same-sex spouses; or
B. Common-law partners (cohabiting but not legally married for a minimum period of one year); or
C. Conjugal partners. These individuals must be in a committed relationship for a minimum of one year and these individuals must also have a valid reason of why they cannot live together. This criteria may be demonstrated through emotional/financial ties, co-owning assets, positive efforts to be together and reunite.
Requirements to be Sponsored:
A. The individual who is being Sponsored must be at least 16 years old; and
B. The individual who is being Sponsored must not be related or a blood relative of the Sponsor.
The individual who is being Sponsored must be able to prove:
A. Their relationship is not built on the ground(s) of fraud or misrepresentation. The relationship should not be entered into for the sole purpose of obtaining Permanent Residence;
B. If the Sponsored individual (either partner or spouse) is already living in Canada and wants to obtain Permanent Residence, both the Sponsor and Sponsored individual must be living together.