Applying For Spousal Sponsorship To Canada
Canada’s spousal and common-law sponsorship programs have undergone a number of significant changes in past short while, having an impact on those applying within this program. As of October 25, 2012, sponsored spouses or partners must now live together in a legitimate relationship with their sponsor for 2 years, immediately following permanent residence status in Canada.
If you are a spouse or partner being sponsored to come to Canada, this applies to you if:
- You are being sponsored by a permanent resident or Canadian citizen
- You have been in a relationship for two years or less with your sponsor
- You have no children in common
- Your application was received on or after October 25, 2012
Spousal Sponsorship Timeline For Application
- First year - Applicant immigrates to Canada, applies for and receives Permanent Resident Status in Canada. If the applicant was married or in a common-law partnership with the Canadian sponsor for less than two years prior to the couple submitting their sponsorship application (and they do not have children in common together) then the immigrant is a “conditional permanent resident” who has to stay married and live with the sponsor for a period of two years after the immigrant becomes a permanent resident.
- Second year – Requirement for maintained marital status, and sharing residence with the sponsor, is lifted for “Conditional Permanent Residence”.
- Third year – The sponsor is no longer be liable for any social assistance that the immigrant receives.
- Fourth year – In the case that the immigrant and sponsor have divorced or separated, the immigrant is eligible to sponsor a new spouse or common-law partner.
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