This is a sponsorship for your spouse or common-law partner who lives with you in Canada, or your spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner who lives overseas. The critical thing is to satisfy the visa officer that the relationship is not one of bad faith, meaning that the couple must prove that the marriage or relationship is genuine. A relationship contracted with the sole aim to acquire permanent residence (a marriage of convenience) can be detected by the officer, and the outcome of such applications is usually refusal.
The officer typically looks for inconsistencies in the information provided in the application and during interviews.
The increase in the application intake for this program shows the Canadian government’s support for family reunification. The wealth of knowledge and experience that parents and grandparents pass on to younger generations is beyond measure. Children who share their family home with their grandparents benefit in many ways from these close and supportive relationships.
Many Canadians and permanent residents that meet the sponsor eligibility and want their parents and grandparents to reside permanently in Canada can achieve it through this sponsorship program. However, sponsors must financially support parents/grandparents and their dependants and ensure they will not depend on social assistance from the government.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents have many reasons to sponsor their children later, and we are here to assist you. The application process for sponsoring your child can be challenging—requiring many documents and ongoing communication with IRCC. In addition, the child or children being sponsored will be financially dependent on the sponsor for their everyday necessities. They should not seek social assistance from the Canadian government under normal circumstances.