Delivering on one of the party’s campaign promises, the Liberals opened up the number of spots under family reunification to 80,000 — 12,000 more than last year, with a focus on spouses and common-law partners. Beyond the numbers, McCallum stressed reducing the backlog and processing times as a primary focus.
“We know the value of keeping families together,” McCallum said. “There is a social value to this as well as an economic value that benefits all society.”
If you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada and at least 18 years old, you can sponsor certain relatives to come to Canada. Your relatives can live, study and work in Canada if they become permanent residents. If you sponsor a family member to immigrate to Canada, you must provide proof that you can:
This is a useful program for those people who cannot qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker or the Canadian Experience Class.
Depending on where your Spouse lives there are two types of applications: inland and outland.
The processing time for outland type is faster. If your spouses are waiting for the decision inland they must have legal status in Canada and they are eligible for an Open work permit until the final decision is taken.
You will need proof that you and your common-law partner have combined your affairs and set up a household together. This can be in the form of proof of
This category is for partners—either of the opposite sex or same sex—in situations beyond their control that keep them from living together so they would count as common-law partners or spouses.
A conjugal relationship is more than a physical relationship. It means you depend on each other, there is some permanence to the relationship, and there is the same level of commitment as a marriage or a common-law partnership.
You may apply as a conjugal partner if
You should not apply as a conjugal partner if
To sponsor your parents you must be living in Canada. If you have previously sponsored relatives who later turned to the Canadian government for financial assistance, you may not be allowed to sponsor another person. Sponsorship is a big commitment, so you must take this obligation seriously.
To be a sponsor
You may not be eligible to sponsor your parent or grandparent if you
A son or daughter is dependent when the child
Orphaned close relatives
You can sponsor close relatives, related by blood or adoption, such as brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, or grandchildren only if they meet all of the following conditions
You may sponsor one relative, related by blood or adoption, of any age if you meet all of the following conditions
1.You do not have a spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner, or one of the following living relatives you could sponsor instead
2.You do not have any of the above-named relatives who is a
If the relative you want to sponsor has a spouse, partner, or dependent children who will come with them to Canada you must include them on the same sponsorship application.