Last Updated on May 2, 2017
Certain individuals sponsored to come to Canada by their spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner are granted conditional permanent resident status aim at ensuring relationships are genuine.
There were formerly two conditions, namely a five-year ban on sponsoring a new spouse or partner and a two-year requirement for certain couples to remain living together.
As of April 28, 2017, the two-year cohabitation condition has been removed. More information is available here.
5 Year Ban On Spousal and Partner Sponsorship
Canadian citizens and permanent residents have the right to sponsor their spouse, common-law or conjugal partner to come to Canada.
However, this right is limited for individuals who were themselves sponsored in that category.
These individuals cannot sponsor a new spouse or partner until a period of five years has elapsed from the day they landed in Canada, becoming permanent residents.
This condition applies regardless of whether the person obtains Canadian citizenship in the interim.
The five-year ban does not apply to non-spousal or partner sponsorships.
As such, individuals who were sponsored as a spouse or partner can freely sponsor other members of the family class.
Basic Requirements For Family Sponsorship
To be a sponsor:
- You must be 18 years of age or older.
- You and the sponsored relative must sign a sponsorship agreement that commits you to provide financial support for your relative, if necessary. This agreement also says the person becoming a permanent resident will make every effort to support her or himself.
- You must provide financial support for a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner for three years from the date they become a permanent resident.
- You must provide financial support for a dependent child for 10 years, or until the child turns 25, whichever comes first.
Canada Family Sponsorship: Who Can Be Sponsored?
- Common law partner.
- Conjugal partner.
- Dependent children.
- Grandparents – (Additional conditions apply)
- Brothers or sisters, nephews or nieces, granddaughters or grandsons who are orphaned, under 18 years of age and not married or in a common-law relationship.
- Another relative of any age or relationship, but only under specific conditions.
- Accompanying relatives of the above (for example, spouse, partner and dependent children).
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