The Spousal Sponsorship program is a sub-category of the Family Class immigration stream that allows citizens and permanent residents of Canada to sponsor their spouse or common-law partner for Canadian permanent residency.
Under this program, the sponsor (Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada) and Applicant (Sponsored Person) must demonstrate their genuine relationship to be one of three categories:
– Common-law Partner
– Conjugal Partner
Requirements for Spousal Sponsorship
The sponsor must also fulfill below mentioned requirements in order to be eligible for family class Sponsorship.
The sponsor must (not limited to):
– Be at least 18 years old
– Not be incarcerated or charged with a serious offence
– Not be bankrupt
– Not be under a removal order if a Permanent Resident
– Proof of being able to support financially, their family member and any dependent, if necessary
– Enter into an undertaking agreement with the Government of Canada, as well as the sponsored relative, where the sponsor will agree to support the family member for a certain amount of time.
– The sponsored relative must make an effort to support themselves, as well.
NOTE: Government of Canada recognizes same-sex marriage and hence, same-sex partners are eligible to apply under this program provided they meet all eligibility requirements.