Family Class Sponsorship (Spousal, Family and Eligible Relative)
If you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, you can sponsor your spouse, conjugal or common-law partner, child (including an adopted child) or other eligible relative to become a permanent resident under the Family Class. Permanent resident status will allow your family member to live, study and work in Canada.
Our Ottawa immigration lawyers at Gerami Law PC have significant experience assisting Canadian citizens and permanent residents sponsor their family members to immigrate to Canada. We have handled numerous files in this category and achieved results for our clients. Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the requirements that need to be met.
Through our experience in dealing with family class sponsorship applications, we have also acquired a comprehensive understanding of the documents that need to be provided to demonstrate that the stated requirements are met. Given CIC’s stringent requirements, it is important to provide a complete package at the initial submission to avoid delays and/or return of an incomplete application package.
Sponsoring an individual puts significant responsibility on the sponsor’s shoulder and dealing with all the logistical issues can be tiresome. The lawyers at Gerami Law PC understand the heavy burden placed on the sponsor and can be your trusted partner through the entire process. We educate the potential sponsor about their responsibilities and inform them of the potential resources available to them.
Please Contact Us to discuss your family sponsor application and to explore your options. We would be pleased to schedule a Consultation for you with one of our lawyers.
To Sponsor your spouse, partner or dependent child:
The family member who you are sponsoring must have medical, criminal and background checks. A family member who has a criminal record or is a risk to Canada’s security may not be allowed to enter Canada.
You can sponsor a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner, or dependent child to immigrate to Canada whether they live inside or outside Canada.
To be a sponsor, you must be 18 years or older and be able to financially support the family member you seek to sponsor. This means that you have to meet certain income guidelines.
If you have sponsored a relative in the past who has later requested financial assistance from the government, you may not be allowed to sponsor another person. Moreover, if you have not met the terms of a sponsorship agreement in the past or did not pay child support
If sponsoring a spouse or partner, this financial commitment lasts for 3 years from the date they become a permanent resident. For a dependent child, it lasts 10 years or until the child turns 25 (whichever comes first).
Since October 25, 2012, sponsored spouses or partners must live together in a legitimate relationship with their sponsor for two years from the day they receive permanent residence status in Canada. This conditional permanent residence measure for spouses and partners is an effort to address marriage fraud and deter people from using marriages of convenience to acquire Canadian immigration status.
Sponsoring your parents and grandparents
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has received the maximum number of complete applications (5,000) for sponsoring parents and grandparents this year and will not review new applications until next year. If you wish to bring your family to Canada, the parent and grandparent Super Visa remains a quick an easy option to reunite parents and grandparents with their families in Canada.
What is the Super Visa?
Typically visitors to Canada can only stay for up to 6 months. Visitors who wish to stay longer must apply for an extension and pay an additional fee. The Super Visa permits parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to stay in Canada for up to 2 years without applying to extend or to renew their status. It also permits multiple entries for a period of up to 10 years. Essentially, it allows eligible parents or grandparents to stay in Canada for up to 2 years on each entry into Canada within a 10-year period.
To be eligible, a parent or grandparent must be found admissible to Canada and the visa officer must believe that the parent or grandparent will leave voluntarily at the end of their visit.
The parent of grandparent must also:
- Provide a letter to demonstrate that their child or grandchild in Canada promise to support them financially and has the minimum income;
- Prove they have Canadian medical insurance for at least one year to cover the time they will be in Canada; and
- Complete an immigration medical examination.
Sponsoring other eligible relatives
You may also be able to sponsor:
- 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).
Citizenship process for adopted persons
We handle cases in which clients are Canadian citizens and want to adopt a child from a foreign country. This is a complex process and you must comply with the laws of both the sending and receiving countries. In Canada, you must complete two separate processes: 1) the adoption process; and 2) the immigration or citizenship process.
As adoption comes under provincial or territorial jurisdiction in Canada, to be eligible to adopt a child you must satisfy the requirements of the province or territory where you live and the adoption authority in the country where the child lives.
Once you complete the adoption process, you can begin an immigration or citizenship process. If you are completing the adoption process in Canada, you can begin the citizenship process before the adoption process is completed. You will need to choose whether the immigration or citizenship process is best in your situation and Gerami Law can assist you with that decision.
Citizenship Immigration Canada provides estimates of the processing time for your sponsorship application.
The Lawyers at Gerami Law PC have significant experience in dealing with various immigration matters, including application filing, appealing a decision and proposing tailored solutions to unique client situations, such as the sponsorship of same-sex partners or adopted children. We strive to provide personalized care to each of our clients and deliver high end legal services. Our immigration law firm reflects the diversity of the clients we serve with a proven track record of success in dealing with complex immigration matters and appeals.