Family Sponsorship Assistance in Calgary

Phoenix Legal provides legal assistance for spousal and family sponsorship in Calgary to help you determine if you meet those requirements. We have significant experience assisting Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their family members to immigrate to Canada. We have handled various cases in 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 through the entire process. We inform potential sponsors about their responsibilities and educate them about the possible resources available to them.

Eligibility Criteria

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

Parent sponsorship changes coming soon!
Please contact our office to learn of the new changes to the parent sponsorship stream coming in 2019.

Who Can You Sponsor?

  • 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 within 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 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. The Family Class program allows citizens and permanent residents to sponsor spouses, dependent children, parents and grandparents. You may sponsor a non-immediate family member if you have legally adopted them.

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

No. Spousal sponsorships do not require you to meet a low income threshold to be eligible to sponsor.


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

Spousal sponsorship applications are usually processed within 12 months.


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 estimates of the processing time for your sponsorship application. The lawyers at Phoenix Legal have significant experience in dealing with various immigration matters, including application filing, appealing a decision and proposing tailored solutions to unique client situations. We endeavour to provide personalized care to all 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 the 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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