Common Questions about Spousal or Common-law Sponsorships



What is a sponsorship undertaking

The sponsorship undertaking is commitment of a sponsor to provide financial support and basic needs for the individual that is being sponsored. The purpose of the sponsorship undertaking is to ensure the principal applicant (the person who is being sponsored) will have all basic necessities to life, including food, clothing, utilities, personal requirements, shelter, fuels, household supplies, healthcare (eye and dental )that is not provided by public health, and so on.

Please note, your obligations as a sponsor begin as soon as the person you are sponsoring arrives in Canada.

Can I sponsor if I live outside Canada

If you are a Canadian citizen, you can sponsor your spouse while living outside of Canada. However, if you are a permanent resident, you cannot sponsor if you live outside Canada. Regardless of your status in Canada, you must reside in Canada once the sponsored person becomes a permanent resident.

Can I sponsor my Fiancé to Canada

The answer is no. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada only allows you to sponsor your spouse whom you are legally married to. You must wait until you are legally married to be eligible for spousal sponsorship.

Alternatively, you and your partner may be eligible to apply for a common-law sponsorship, if you and your partner have lived together for at least a year in a marriage-like relationship. In order to prove your cohabitation that is at least a year long, you need to provide documents, such as shared ownership of residential property, joint leases or rental agreements, bills for shared utility accounts, and so on.

What is a Spousal Sponsorship Interview

Immigration officers will need to determine if your relationship with your spouse or partner is genuine. The purpose of the interview is to eliminate potential marriage fraud, as many people will get married simply to obtain Canadian permanent residence. If you are required to attend the interview, you will receive a notification regarding the date and location for your interview. This may not be the most pleasant process, but it is essential to ensure the family class sponsorship programs benefits those who deserve them most. The questions you may be asked include but are not limited to:

  • How and when did you two meet?
  • How did your relation develop?
  • Did you know your spouse before you met them?
  • Who attended the wedding?
  • If you and your spouse have exchanged gifts, what was exchanged?
  • When and where did you get married?
  • Describe the accommodation where you both lived?

Often times, officers will also ask questions that may seem trivial. For example:

  • How many rooms were in the house you lived in?
  • Who does/did the cooking and the laundry?
  • What education does your spouse have?
  • What educational institution did your spouse attend?
  • When did you for vacation together? Where did you go?
  • What food was served at the wedding?
  • What does your partner or spouse have for breakfast?
  • What is your partner or spouse’s favourite drink?
  • What sports or hobbies does your partner have an interest in?
  • What is your partner’s or spouse’s favourite place to eat
  • What is your spouse’s or partner’s date of birth?
  • Does your spouse or partner like his/her job?
  • What kind of movies or music does your partner enjoy?

How can I make sure my application is not delayed

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada is very strict when it comes to examining the application. If applicants fail to meet the requirements, the application will mostly be delayed or refused. For example, if the photos do not meet the photo specification, your application can be returned. This is when professional help comes in handy. In order to avoid delays, it is highly recommended that you seek professional help and guidance prior to submitting your own application. If you are planning to submit the application on your own, make sure that you:

  • carefully read the application guide for your immigration category and follow the instructions
  • properly fill out, sign and date the application forms (make sure all questions are answered, and there are no blanks on the forms)
  • include all the required documents as indicated on the application checklist
  • pay the government fee and include the receipt in your application package
  • double-check if you have included everything in your application package before submitting it

Please also keep in mind that your application can still be delayed due to situations beyond your control. The following can delay the processing time:

  • Your medical exam and criminal background check take longer than usual
  • The IRCC requires you to have an interview with an immigration officer
  • The IRCC have high numbers of applications to process

Contact Akrami and Associates

Sponsoring your spouse can help your family reunite in Canada. You may also enrich your spousal by giving him/her a chance to live and prosper in a country that is culturally diverse and welcoming. Furthermore, Canada may gain productive permanent residents to help contribute to the Canadian economy. However, applying for sponsorships can be very confusing and overwhelming, as there are different types of requirements that you would need to meet. It is important for you to pay close attention to every detail during your application process. The failure to do so could result in application refusal. Ultimately, it could make you ineligible to sponsor any individual in the future, or make you inadmissible to Canada if you are the principle applicant. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you seek professional help. Here, at Akrami & Associates, we work and have experience with many different immigration issues. We have helped many of our clients obtain permanent residency in Canada through the different types of sponsorship. If you have any questions regarding sponsorship applications, or if you would like to book a consultation with an immigration professional for more advice, please feel free to contact Akrami & Associates at 416-477-2545.

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