Spousal & Parent Sponsorships


Legal Assistance for Family & Spousal Sponsorship in Calgary

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:

  • Are in prison
  • Haven’t remained up-to-date on your alimony or child support
  • Have declared a bankruptcy and haven’t been released from it yet
  • Require social assistance but are not disabled
  • Haven’t paid back an immigration loan (or have late or missed payments on one)
  • Sponsored someone in the past and violated the sponsorship agreement

Terms of Spousal and Family Sponsorship

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:

  • Medical exams
  • Criminal checks
  • Background checks

Who Can You Sponsor?

There are several types of people you may sponsor under the Family Class sponsorship in Canada, including:

  • Spouse, Common-Law Partner or Conjugal Partner: To be considered for a spousal sponsorship, you must provide legal proof of the marriage from the country in which the marriage occurred. A common-law partner is someone you have lived with in a marriage-like relationship for at least one year, while a conjugal partner is someone you have had a marriage-like relationship with for at least one year but you haven’t been able to live together due to extenuating circumstances. You may also be required to prove that you have a sincere, loving relationship through photos, telephone bills, print-outs from Internet messaging, gift receipts, joint travel expenses, etc.
  • Children: You may sponsor dependent, unmarried children under 19.
  • Parents/Grandparents: You may sponsor your parents and they may bring any dependent children with them (your siblings under the age of 19). You may also sponsor your grandparents.
  • Orphans: You may sponsor an orphaned sibling, nephew, niece or grandchild if they’re under 18 and are unmarried.
  • Adopted Children: You may sponsor an adopted child from another country if they’re under 18 and you intend to adopt them in Canada.
  • Other Relatives: If you don’t have any sponsorships from any of the other mentioned categories, you may be eligible to sponsor another type of relative, but certain conditions may apply.

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.

Make the Sponsorship Process Less Stressful

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.

Fax 403-568-3588

Address: 2333 18th Avenue NE #236

Calgary, AB T2E 8T6

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