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Are you in love with a Canadian? Move to Canada by December 2019: Limited Time Offer

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Family Class and Spousal Sponsorship

Are you in love with a Canadian? Move to Canada by December 2019: Limited Time Offer

Are you in love with a Canadian? Do you want to finally be together?

Ackah Law is offering a 15% discount
on all Spousal Sponsorship applications

from Nov 1 - Dec 31 2018
Follow your heart all the way to Canada!

Make Canada your new home soon!
The spousal sponsorship process averages less than one year.

Ackah Law offers flat free pricing on most immigration cases,
so you are never surprised or caught unprepared.

What is Spousal Sponsorship?

The Family Class Application (Spousal Sponsorship path) is a way for a permanent resident or citizen of Canada to sponsor their spouse or common-law partner (including same-sex partner) to immigrate to Canada and become a permanent resident. Canada strongly supports family reunification and keeping families together whenever possible. The processing of Family Class applications is given a high priority by IRCC.

Per Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) family sponsorship regulations, you can sponsor a spouse or partner to become a permanent resident of Canada if:

  • You are a Canadian citizen, registered in Canada as an Indian, or a permanent resident of Canada
  • You're 18 years old or older
  • You live in Canada
  • You can prove you have enough income to provide basic needs for your spouse or partner’s dependent children.
  • You are not disqualified to sponsor a spouse by IRCC.

Per IRCC the requirements to be sponsored are:

  • The sponsored person must be at least 18 years of age.
  • The relationship with the sponsor must be real, and not just to become a permanent resident of Canada.

How to Sponsor Your Spouse to Move to Canada

This application has the best chance to be successful with the help of a knowledgeable and experienced immigration professional. They can help you to understand any points of confusion or overcome any issues that may pose a challenge to the application process. You can find the application packages at the IRCC web pages for spouses in Canada and those outside of the country. The Canadian government investigates allegations of marriage fraud and convenience for immigration reasons, which is a crime in Canada.

To qualify for a visa to move to Canada through the spousal sponsorship immigration program, the sponsor and sponsored person must prove that their relationship qualifies under one of three categories:

  • Spouse
  • Common-law Partner
  • Conjugal Partner

NOTE: Canada recognizes same-sex marriage, and same-sex partners may be eligible to apply under any of the above three categories, provided they meet all eligibility requirements.

Step 1 – You must then apply to serve as a sponsor. This is a two-stage process that begins with your application to the Case Processing Centre (CPC).

  • There is an application for spouses already living in Canada (Inland Sponsorship) as well as a separate application for spouses living outside of the country (Outland Sponsorship).
  • Those who are applying outside of Canada will have to wait for the CPC to send the application to the nearest Canadian visa office for processing.

Step 2 – Your spouse or partner must also submit an application for permanent residence.

Any eligible spouses or partners in Canada who are applying to become a permanent resident through sponsorship of their spouse are permitted to work while they wait for the processing to be completed. The IRCC issues "open work permits" to those who have applied for permanent residency from within Canadian borders.

IRCC will process the majority of complete applications (meaning, those with all the necessary supporting documents) within one year.

Make Canada your new home soon!
The spousal application process takes less than one year.

Ackah Business Immigration Law guides you through the immigration journey to Canada. Our innovative legal practice combines professional knowledge, personal attention, and supportive advice. With knowledge and expertise, we navigate complex Canadian immigration rules and regulations to solve problems and remove obstacles, before you get to the border.

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Evelyn Ackah

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