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Permanent residence in Canada under the Family Class
Have you heard that the family class sponsorship program is a way to bring your family to Canada? You want to learn more about this program, and you want to do that.
This is a guide for you only. You will find out everything you need to know about the Canadian Family Class Sponsorship Program.
What’s the point of the Family Class Sponsorship Program?
If you are a Canadian or a permanent resident, you can bring your family to Canada and help them become permanent residents so they can live there as long as they want.
They are ready to take advantage of all the perks that come with being Canadian. They can work, go to school, get good medical care, and do other things.
Members of a family who can get help from the Family Class Sponsorship Program
Here are some of the people in your family who can enjoy this program:
- Your spouse. This can be you or your spouse. People who are married to the same person can also do this.
- Your common-law partner
- Conjugal partner or fiancé. People who are in a relationship but can’t be with their partner because of certain things can apply.
- Your dependent child or your spouse’s dependent child. If you have a child who needs you and depends on you a lot. This program will help them in a good way. This could also be a grandchild who needs your help.
Spouses and partners who are sponsored must live with their sponsors for two years before their permanent residency is approved.
If the relationship isn’t kept up for two years, the permanent residence will be taken away. This step is taken because some people might try to use this way to get a permanent residence illegally.
The program is broken up into two parts. First, the partner who is a Canadian must fill out an application to become a sponsor. You can sponsor your spouse whether they are in Canada (on a visitor visa) or not. They are called domestic sponsorship and international sponsorship, respectively.
Sponsorship to Canada by Common Law
We can say that a person who has lived with their spouse for a year is their “common-law partner.” There is no proof that a couple stays together, but when they move in together, the day starts to count.
Don’t forget that I said there is no proof that they lived together for a year. Still, they have to show that they have lived together for a year.
The following documents can be used to prove that they’ve been living together:
- Joint Accounts
- Joint credit cards
- The couple bought properties in both of their names.
- Bills that have both of their names on them
- The names of the two people are on the lease.
- Bills sent to any of the three couples living at the same address
Sponsorship by the same sex
It’s been a while since Canada legalized marriage between people of the same gender. So, there is a way for same-sex couples to get help through a sponsorship program.
They will do the same things that straight couples do. The rules are the same as well.
How much does it cost to get your spouse an immigrant visa?
Want to know how much it costs to sponsor a spouse? First, you should know that you will have to pay an attorney to help you through the process.
The application process also costs money to the government. I will say how much each level of sponsorship costs. This is only for one person.
The amount for the sponsor is $75.
The amount is $475 for the main person applying.
$75 is paid to principal applicants under the age of 22 who are the sponsored person’s dependent child, about to be adopted, or part of an orphaned family that hasn’t gotten married and isn’t in a common-law relationship.
$550 is given to family members over the age of 22 who are married, engaged, or in a common-law relationship.
The amount is $150 for a family member under 22 who is not married, engaged, or in a common-law relationship.
The price for a spouse or common-law partner to get the right to live there permanently is $490.
Conditions for the Sponsor to be a Sponsor in Canada
To be able to be a sponsor, the sponsor needs to meet some basic requirements. These are the requirements:
- You must be 18 or older.
- You must be a Canadian citizen or someone who lives there permanently.
- You must be living in Canada or be able to show that you will be living in Canada by the time the sponsorship is approved.
- You must be able to show that you can pay for the sponsored child’s basic needs.
In some situations, you can’t sponsor someone. These are them:
- In the last three years, you have sponsored someone before.
- You have filed for bankruptcy.
- You get help from the government for something that isn’t a disability.
- You have a record of past crimes.
- If you were sponsored in the last few years, you can apply.
- If you are behind bars
You should know that you will be in charge of the sponsor for the first three to ten years they are in the country.
What do you have to do as a Sponsor?
I already told you that you have a lot of responsibility for the sponsors, but what are those responsibilities?
Filling out forms is something you will have to do a lot. Some of the forms you will make are sponsorship agreements, sponsorship undertakings, etc.
On the sponsorship agreement, you promise to give things like food, shelter, utilities, clothes, and so on.
What do you need to do to be sponsored?
- You might be wondering, since there are requirements for the sponsor, if there are also requirements to be sponsored.
- You must have been checked out by a doctor.
- You must be 16 years old or older.
- You will need a passport and a visa to leave the country if you need one.
- You might have to talk to someone.
What is a reason your sponsorship might be turned down?
Your sponsorship can be turned down if any of the following things are true:
- If the IRCC finds any kind of lie in the sponsorship application, it will be turned down.
- The person who is supposed to pay for it doesn’t have enough money.
- During the application process, some important documents were left out.
- The program is for families, but the person to be sponsored is not a family.
- The person who will be sponsored doesn’t meet the medical requirements.
Can Grandparents and Parents be Beneficiaries?
They can’t be a recipient, but they can come as a visitor with another visitor or with a super visa that lets them stay for up to two years.
Documents that can prove your relationship with the person, such as your birth certificate as the sponsor, are needed to get this done.
One Last Thing
This is a detailed guide on how to get permanent residency in Canada through the family class. I hope this has been helpful.