Do you know someone in your family who would like to immigrate to Canada? You may be eligible to sponsor them if you both meet certain criteria. Phoenix Legal provides legal assistance for spousal and family sponsorship in Calgary to help you determine if you meet those requirements. According to Citizenship & Immigration Canada, to qualify as a sponsor, you must be a Canadian citizen, a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act or a permanent resident aged 18 or older with enough income to reasonably support your relative(s) once they immigrate. If you’re a Canadian citizen living abroad and plan to return when your relative(s) immigrates, you may still be considered eligible. You may be considered ineligible for spousal or family sponsorship if you:
When you become a sponsor, you’ll be required to sign a written agreement specifying the amount of time you are expected to help support the person you’re sponsoring, which will vary depending upon their age and the extent of their relationship to you. Generally, you can expect the terms to be three years for spouses, common-law partners or conjugal partners, 10 years for dependent children and 20 years for parents or grandparents. First, your relative(s) will need to undergo the following to prepare for their immigration to Canada:
There are several types of people you may sponsor under the Family Class sponsorship in Canada, including:
If your relative(s) is considered ineligible for family sponsorship, they may still apply for immigration through Express Entry, depending upon their skills, experience and reasonable ability to contribute to Canada’s economy.
Whether you’re planning to adopt a child or need assistance for family sponsorship in Calgary, Phoenix Legal provides you with the legal assistance to help make the sponsorship application process smoother and less stressful. The program to permit the sponsorship of parents resumed in 2014 with new eligibility rules and a very limited number of annual applications. Whether you’re seeking to sponsor a spouse, dependent, parent or adopted child, please call us today for further information regarding the application forms, fees and processing times involved. We’d be happy to help you determine your eligibility.