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Dependable Assistance for Family Sponsorship in Calgary

Phoenix Legal provides legal assistance for spousal and family sponsorship in Calgary to help you determine if you meet the criteria. We have significant experience assisting Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their family members to immigrate to Canada. We have handled various cases under this category and achieved results for our clients. Sponsoring an individual puts a significant responsibility on the sponsor’s shoulder, and dealing with all the logistical issues can be tiresome. The lawyers at Phoenix Legal understand the heavy burden placed on the sponsor and can be your trusted partner throughout the entire process. We inform potential sponsors about their responsibilities and educate them about the possible resources available to them. Contact us today so that our barristers can assist you in family sponsorship in Calgary.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify as a Sponsor, according to Citizen & Immigration Canada, you must be:

  • A person registered in Canada as Indian under the Canadian Indian Act, or
  • An 18 years old or older permanent resident 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 shall be considered ineligible if you -

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

Who Can You Sponsor?

  • Spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner: To become a sponsor for your spouse, you must submit the marriage certificate from the country in which the marriage took place. A common-law partner is someone you have lived within a marriage-like relationship for at least one year. A conjugal partner, on the other hand, 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 22.
  • Parents/grandparents: You may sponsor your parents, and they may bring any dependent children with them (your siblings under the age of 22). 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 have no family in Canada, you may be eligible to sponsor another type of relative, but certain conditions may apply.


However, you may be able to sponsor any relative of any age if you meet certain requirements. Please contact us to discuss.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I sponsor a non- immediate family member?

No. Only immediate family members such as dependent children, parents and grandparents are allowed to get sponsorship in the Family Program. You can sponsor others when you have legally adopted them.

Do I need to meet the minimum income requirement to sponsor my spouse?

Spousal sponsorship does not need you to meet a minimum income threshold to be eligible.


How long will it take for my spousal sponsorship application to be processed?

Usually, the spousal sponsorship application takes around 12 months to process.


What is a marriage of convenience?

A marriage of convenience is a marriage or common-law relationship whose purpose is to let the sponsored spouse or partner immigrate to Canada. If the visa officer reviewing your file determines your relationship is a marriage of convenience, your spousal sponsorship application will likely be refused. Marriages of convenience constitute marriage fraud and can result in criminal charges.


What are the essential needs?

The sponsor must undertake to provide the sponsored family members with:

  • Food, clothing, shelter and other basic requirements of everyday living; and
  • Dental and eye care and other health needs not covered by public health services available to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The obligation to provide for the essential needs of the sponsored person(s) will only arise if the sponsored person(s) cannot provide for the mentioned needs on their own.


Processing Times

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada provides the estimated time required for your sponsorship application to process. At Phoenix Legal, our lawyers have significant experience in dealing with various immigration matters, including filling applications, appealing a decision and proposing tailored solutions to unique client situations.


We strive to provide personalized care to each of our clients and deliver high-end legal services. Our firm reflects the diversity of the clients we serve with a proven track record of success in dealing with complex immigration matters and appeals.

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 legal assistance to help make the sponsorship application process smoother and less stressful.

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.

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